LET'S TALK ABOUT ABS
Lets talk about abs! How do we get them? What is the key? And why is it so important to keep out mid-section strong?
Where is this kitchen that make abs? You are in luck- It’s in your home!!
We all have a six pack, believe it or not. For most of us though, your abdominals are hidden under a layer of fat. Don’t freak out, this is completely normal, as long as your visceral fat is at a healthy level. However, if your goal is to tone up your tummy you need to understand that you cannot spot reduce fat from around your abdominals and you need to work towards overall fat loss. If you have a diet that doesn’t match your goal to get abs the process will take A LOT longer if not even be impossible. Cleaning up your diet and consuming fewer calories (or moving around more) will be the most important step for you to take. You can exercise all you want- but if you run and get doughnuts after each workout you will not see much results.
Tip to remember; Any transformation is lead by the diet you are eating!
Compound workouts and HIIT are great for overall fat loss, so don’t think that only doing sit-ups and crunches is the golden pathway to show off your abs. On the other hand- keeping your midsection strong is an important aspect of a healthy body, so this is something we definitely also want to achieve.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 'ABS' & 'CORE'?
Your ‘core’ is the midsection of your body and includes much more than just your abs. It involves all muscles in your front, back and on your sides. Your core includes everything from your innermost layer of muscle- the traverse abdominis (TVA), your internal and external obliques, erector spinae that strengthen and rotates your back and your lower lats. The core is the body’s centre of power. The muscles in your core are stabilizers for your entire physique and a vital part to keep strong for a healthy body.
Core training can be defined as doing specific exercises to develop and strengthen your midsections stabilizer muscles. Weakened core muscles can result in many complications like lower back pain, poor posture, degraded balance or general weakness of the body.
In today’s modern society, prolonged sitting is a common circumstance. Remaining seated for a long time at a school bench/ office desk or behind the wheel of a car and not taking part of enough exercising due to a busy lifestyle leads to weakening of the core muscles. Keeping your core muscles robust can aid you with many health problems and also increase your strength for everyday functional movements and exercises like running and walking.
BENEFITS OF CORE TRAINING
Keeping your body's stabilizing muscles strong will not only help you to perform better at any sport you participate in, but also aid your everyday life! Reaching for your vitamins on the top shelf in your kitchen, bending over to pick up a pen you dropped, kneeling down to play with your pet, walking your kids to school or simply going for a jog with your friends.
Having a strong core reduce the risk of injury in everyday life and can even aid in treating an already existing injury. If you are looking to improve your physique, core training also comes in handy as it stabilizes the body for movements you perform in your gym and sculpts your abdominal wall for that desirable flat stomach.
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