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Ab Exercises: Are They A Waste Of Your Time?

If you’ve been doing ab exercises in hope of shedding those unwanted pounds around the middle, I’m afraid I have some bad news…


You’ve been lied to.


That’s right. NO tummy exercise on its own can get rid of your belly fat.


Despite what you see on T.V. or read in the popular fitness magazines, you can not…you will not lose stomach fat by doing stomach exercises.


You see, these companies prey on your fears and insecurities. They use fit, attractive people to make you believe that if you use their product or follow the routine found in their magazine, you will somehow look like a highly paid fitness model.


In the end, only your wallet looks slimmer.


Think about this for a moment. How does your body know to burn fat from just your stomach? And how funny would you look if, after doing a few hundred crunches a day, you had a “ripped” set of abs but the rest of you remained fat?


When you gain fat weight, your body stores it according to your genetics. Some people store fat around the middle, while others store it in the hip, legs and butt.


Ab exercises – or any strength training exercises for that matter – have one purpose and one purpose only…to strengthen your muscles. Yes, exercise helps burn calories but nutrition plays the biggest role in your weight loss efforts.


When you lose fat, you lose it all over, with your trouble spots being the last to disappear. Unfair? Maybe. Frustrating? You bet. So how do you rid yourself of that pesky pooch?


Combining a balanced nutrition plan with regular strength training and cardiovascular exercise provides the quickest and most reliable results.


Some important guidelines for weight loss success include…


-Eat 5-6 small meals a day, never going more than 4 hours without eating something. Doing so helps keep blood sugar levels in check which in turn allows your body to burn fat more efficiently. And in the long run helps minimize your risk of developing type II diabetes.


-Eat adequate amounts of protein with each meal and snack. Unlike carbs and fat, your body can not store protein for future use. So you must provide it with a steady supply throughout the day for proper maintenance and creation of tissue.


-Eat mainly high quality, fiber-filled veggies and fruit as your carbohydrate choices. Studies show a strong link between obesity and the amount of refined carbohydrates a person eats. Limiting the amount of refined carbs you eat may be the single most effective thing you can do.


-Include healthy fat at each meal and snack. It will help keep hunger pains and cravings to a minimum. Be sure to include Omega 3 fats in your diet. Your body needs them to survive and thrive but does not produce them on its own.


-Cut out all drinks containing sugar. That includes pop, sweetened ice tea and all fruit juice. Yes, juice. You may be surprised to know that 8 oz. of orange juice has the same number of grams of sugar as 8 oz. of regular soft drink. And if you’re concerned about missing out on your vitamin C, take a pill – a multivitamin pill that is.


-Perform 2-3 strength training workouts each week that work the entire body. For many busy people, full-body workouts promote consistency and ensure that all the major muscle groups get equal amounts of attention.


-Finally, work towards being able to complete three to five cardiovascular workouts per week. And be sure to work at the right intensity. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being all out effort, strive to work in the 7-9 range for most of your workout. When I talk to people who exercise regularly but are not making any progress, it’s often because they don’t work hard enough.


Some people ask me if you have to workout to lose weight. My reply is “No”. But it helps build strong muscles and bones. Something we all should be concerned with, especially women. Exercise also helps improve flexibility -another important component of overall health and fitness.


Others would rather just exercise and not change the way they eat. Unfortunately, this approach rarely works. When you can eat a 250 calorie chocolate bar in less than five minutes but need to walk for more than half an hour at four miles per hour to burn those calories off, you begin to see the problem with using just exercise to lose weight. The fact of the matter is, you can’t outrun your mouth.


In the weight loss world, knowledge really is power. The next time you hear or read of a product claiming to give you a flat, sexy stomach, remember that no machine…no ab exercise will do it on its own. You must combine a balanced nutrition plan with an effective exercise program.

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Stomach Exercise Schedules – Giving It The Right Time!

There’s no question, people do want flat stomach, whether it’s a woman who has just had a kid, or a guy who likes to impress people. When most of them have their good intentions while it comes down to build their “six pack” many don’t find dedication or time to really follow and to see the real results they want, and usually they give up. To solve these problems there are many ideas which helps a person wanting a flat stomach but can’t find the energy or time to perform intense exercises for the stomach.

For many who want to do the stomach workouts, there are as many, probably even more, who like to watch TV. This is the perfect time to perform these stomach exercises. During ads, or every 10 minutes if there are no ads, lie on the ground and do many exercises for stomach as possible in the commercial break. If you haven’t done your stomach exercises for a while, it’s better to start it slowly, but make it as a sport, and try doing more repetitions every time. Follow this plan; it would help the body in many different ways. First, there are no extra schedules involved, for most, watching TV at some time in the day is quite natural hence no additional time is taken, from the day for doing these stomach exercises. The 2nd thing is this strategy would help us with is that, any human body must not be motionless for more than 30 minutes , getting up and doing these stomach exercises for every few minutes boosts up your body’s metabolism rate.

The other good time to perform these stomach exercises is as the first thing during the morning hours. Try to roll out of the bed and lie on the floor, then do as many repetitions possible in a particular time limit, it can be even just 5 minutes. There’s a lot of proof to prove that exercising, as the 1st thing during the morning hours, might be much more beneficial to an individual than trying to exercise in other times of a day. There are lots of reasons for this but still; one valid reason would be that it gets the metabolism rate going for the entire day after a night’s sleep. As most of the people are more concerned about the look of the stomach, it seems to be logical to start the day off with a set of stomach workouts.

Of course, for people who are able to allot time every day to exercise, their routine must include stomach exercise. There are reports, which say that muscles should be rested, so, exercise one particular muscle group every day, while some others say that abs muscles can be exercised everyday. A way to answer this question that, when to perform these stomach exercises, every other day or every day is listen to your own body first. If those stomach muscles become sore, give them rest, if not then work on them very intensely on the next day, however try to imbibe at least 1 set of stomach workouts daily.

There’s good reason for the desire to develop strong abdomen muscles, besides for the sake of appearance. This becomes the core of the body. If it’s not strong, the whole body will be suffering. The best news is, many stomach exercises might be done everywhere with absolutely zero machines or equipments. With a little bit of diligence and little creativity, there’s awesome time throughout the day for doing stomach exercises

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