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You probably stare at them more than any other body part in the mirror. But do you know these 6 facts about your most loved (and hated) body part?
It Is Actually Easier For Men To Get A Six Pack.
While it's just as possible for a woman to get a six pack, it's a lot easier for men. Men have a lower absolute necessity for body fat. A woman needs a higher level of body fat just to function properly, so her body will fight her harder as she aims to get down to the lower levels required to see six-pack abs. But that doesn't mean you get to give up!
You Don't Need To Work Them Daily.
If you overtax your muscles, you may be causing more harm than good. Are you working your abs every day and seeing no results? It may be that you are causing damage to the muscle tissue. Instead, take a day off in between abs days.
It's Not Just About Your Abs.
In order to get that six pack you've always dreamed off, non-stop crunches won't get you there. Instead, you need to work your entire body to drop fat and show off your fabulous abs. You can't have a six pack before you are lean all over. Do this by working your major muscles groups, do cardio and follow a healthy diet.
Don't Forget Your Back.
Hate those love handles? Well, they are connected to your back. If you want to get a killer front, then you can't forget to work your back. Working on your back has several benefits. If you want a slimmer looking waist, you need to work your lower back. Secondly, working your back will help support you through more intense ab exercises. It will also help prevent injuries.
Not All Ab Exercises Were Created Equal.
Forget the gimmicks and stick to some proven moves. A 2001 study sponsored by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) found that the most effective ab-targeted moves are bodyweight moves that can be done at home. The bicycle crunch, the reverse crunch and the captain's chair were named as top moves -beating out a traditional crunch by far. Many infomercial machines were not found to be effective.
You May Be Fatter Than You Look In The Mirror (Sigh).
It's not as simple as it appears. You have two types of fat: subcutaneous and visceral. Subcutaneous fat is all over the body just below the skin -this is what you think of as fat. The other type, visceral fat, lurks deep within the torso and wraps itself around your heart, liver, and other major organs. Even if you are happy with how you look in the mirror, you may have too much visceral fat deep within. Visceral fat is the more dangerous type that can damage your heart and blood vessels and could interfere with your body’s ability to use insulin. Unfortunately, an MRI or CT scan are the best way to find out if this is the case.
Our Final Thoughts? Having a six pack isn't just about looks, but has numerous health benefits. But be realistic about the timeline to get a six pack and the best ways to go about arriving at that goal to help ensure you don't end up disappointed. Slow and steady, you can get there!
It's Earth Day, so we want you to head outside and appreciate the earth. Here is an effective, 10-minute, Pilates Abs routine you can do outside. Do this workout on it's own, or add it on at the end of your run or walk.
35 minutes of abs isn't easy, but it is worth it! This is a fierce fat-blasting core workout that employs a sure-fire combination of core-focused cardio circuits and ab-toning exercises that target multiple muscle groups simultaneously to boost the metabolism, slim the waistline, and chisel rock-hard abs. Forget boring sit-ups and prepare to sweat as Jillian Michaels takes you through this intense, ab-shredding workout that begins with a dynamic total-body warm-up, followed by 2 complete core-strengthening cardio circuits that will target every area of the abs before finishing up with a soothing, full-body stretch to maximize results.
Learn how to shed fat and tone the entire body as you develop strong muscle and ripped definition. Sculpt and strengthen the arms, shoulders, chest, obliques, legs, butt, and back with moves including lunges, burpees, twists, squats, crunches, supermans, planks, butt lifts, and mountain climbers. This workout is great for all skill levels however, beginners may choose to modify it by eliminating the weights. Look and feel your best with Jillian as you craft a lean, sexy, and defined body!
Have you closed the books for 2014? Then take an hour to release and relax your body with this Introductory Vinyasa practice with instructor Molly Ford.
This is a dynamic, flowing, strength and flexibility building yoga class that covers the basics of Vinyasa yoga. This practice will not only tone your body and improve your flexibility and balance, but it will also help calm and relax your mind. You will focus on the alignment of movement and breathe as you move through fundamental Vinyasa moves like downward facing dog, tree pose, forward bend, plank and Warrior I. Find clarity and balance in your everyday life with this moving meditation. This is a MoveMeFit Premium workout.
Core strength isn't important just to look amazing and feel confident in a bathing suit (although that certainly doesn't hurt!) Core strength is fundamental to a healthy body. It can help to relieve back pain by reducing strain on the back, improve athletic performance since strength in your extremities originates in your core, and improve postural imbalance which can lead to injuries. And these are just a few of the reasons that flat abs aren't just for appearances.
Today, we are showing you the single best exercise you can do for your core --the plank. This probably comes as no surprise to the more experienced athletes. In it's simplest form, a plank involves maintaining a challenging position in which one's bodyweight is help up by the forearms (hands) and toes for an extended period of time. While it may look easy at first glance, anyone who has held the plank for a minute or more knows differently.
So say sayonara to crunches and sit-ups! A crunch or sit-up goes against the natural curve of the lumbar spine. Planks top the list of effective core exercises because they maintain the stability of the core muscles, promoting proper posture and proper alignment of the spine. And planks work the abs isometrically -the way they're suppose to function (meaning that your muscles don’t change in length and you’re simply holding a static position.).
Here's how to do a proper standard plank:
If you are looking for more of a burn, of course there are more challenging variations on the plank:
Now remember, doing a few planks won't get you a six pack all on its own. If you’re holding a lot of body fat, then your abs will never show no matter what. You need to follow a strength training routine to achieve a low body fat percentage. Once at a low enough body fat percentage, the plank will help tighten your entire ab region and will help give your abs a really tight and sleek look!
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