Of all the muscles in your body, your abdominal muscles recover more quickly than almost any other muscle group. That means that you can work them daily, increasing strength and appearance. While building your abdominal muscles, you also want to focus on fat reduction. In combination, the right exercise and nutritional plan can have a positive impact on your abdominals.
Getting rid of abdominal fat can not be achieved without a complete complete approach to fat reduction. Even when you build muscles in your abdominal area, that does not mean that fat is automatically reduced in the same area. To be trim in the mid section requires aerobic, fat-reducing exercises.
The best type of exercise is cardio, increasing your heart rate for a sustained period of time. This is one of the most effective ways to lose body fat. Many people believe that it has more to do with calories in and calories out. But that is only partly true. By working your body for a long period, the body is forced to use fat stores versus food and muscle alone.
Begin your abdominal routine with a 30 – 40 minute cardio work out. The key is to vary your exercise over time versus always doing the same thing. I often see people on the treadmill at the gym day after day. Your body acclimates and gets used to this routine, placing less stress on your body and your muscles.
After you've developed a work-out routine that you can stick with, it's time to combine that with abdominal exercises that can reshape your muscles. As mentioned in previous articles, I'm a big fan of abdominal exercises that use a full range of motion. Lifting your legs to your chest, while sitting on the floor or hanging from a bar is a good example. Other full range exercises work the abs from many angles and deep into your core.
Exercises that stress the abdominals and work them from many angles quickly reshape them and improve strength. When working your abs, concentrate your motion on your mid-section. I know that sounds like common sense, but you'd be surprised how easily you can over compensate and use other muscles to finish your repetitions. Always focus on maintaining your proper form.
As is always the case with an exercise program, it's important to eat the right foods that will provide the much needed energy to maintain your workout and speed muscle recovery. Consume plenty of protein and complex carbohydrates. In combination, you are providing the necessary fuel to keep your exercise routine going for the long term.
When focusing on building strong abdominals, always be mindful of your need to reduce overall body fat percentage through cardio exercises. Add focused abdominal exercises to the mix and you improve your chances of success. With the right nutritional program you're on your way to a great six pack of abs. Pace yourself and stay focused. You'll be glad you did.