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June 29, 2012

How to Get Those Tight and Toned Abs That You've Always Wanted

How to Get Those Tight and Toned Abs That You’ve Always Wanted
Follow six simple steps and you will be able to tighten your abs significantly. A commitment to a regimen results in a physically fit body.

Good nutrition
Start a diet to lose weight in the midsection. Try eating 5-6 small meals daily. This increases the metabolism rate. Eat naturally lowfat foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid junk food and sugary drinks. Increase the amount of water you drink to cleanse your system. Reduce your caloric intake by 500-1000. 

Abdominal exercises
Begin with a two days a week routine at home. Try the reverse crunch, bicycle and balance board maneuvers at a gym. Do 2-3 sets of each activity. When you feel comfortable increase the number of days to three.

Your posture
Improve your posture. Try not to slouch! You can do this by aligning your ears over your shoulders and your shoulders over your hips. Make an effort to stand and sit up straight at all times.

Props and equipment
Balls, straps and bands are great! They assist you with working your core. A Bosu balance ball is used for strengthening and coordinating the abdominal muscles. A workout video and manual are usually included. Another good option is the Mini Ab Ball. It is 6-9 inches and extremely effective. The

selective stabilization method targets the abdominal muscles from all sides. Muscle toning machines can work well also. Try a Captain’s Chair. It has a padded backrest and foot holds. Another good piece of equipment is the Ab Crunch Machine. It causes you to fold your body in half from a seated position while your feet are under a bar. It targets your upper and lower abs at the same time.

Go running
Yes, running is an ideal way to tighten the tummy. Tighten your abs before you start and hold the position for a minute. Relax and then tighten them again. Do this during a 20-minute session. If you alternate between sprints and rests you will burn more calories.

Isometrics
This type of body weight training creates strength and density without movement! It can be done while you are sitting at your desk at work, or when you are sitting on the sofa watching television. The joint, angle or muscle length do not change when the muscles contract. Isometrics are used in Yoga routines. The body only uses a minimum number of muscle fibers, and new lean muscle tissue is created. An additional benefit for women is the training can help fight Osteoporosis! Posture improves and injuries are avoided.

There are six steps that you can follow to tighten your abs and become more physically fit. Begin a routine that includes exercise, an improved diet and weight training. Start slowly and stay committed to improving your appearance. Make sure that you are

doing all of the exercises properly. Use props and equipment when necessary. Many of the activities can be done at home, but you can also join a gym. Find an exercise partner to help motivate you. Have fun and stay safe.

Thomas Strand likes to stay physically fit, and he is a contributing author at http://www.grouphealthinsurance.org.

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