Monday, July 21, 2014

How to Get Abs

I truly hope you didn't click this thinking you would find out an "easy" way to get abs...

I'm going to flat out say it... I want to see definition in my stomach, but do I? Not exactly. 

I have NEVER seen any type of ab muscle in my stomach. Ever.

BUT!! Within the last few months, even though I can't see my abs, I can feel them! That's a start, right?

I have been wanting to find out how to get abs ever since I was like 14. Obviously, I haven't looked hard enough, or I've been spending too much time watching people do the exercises instead of doing the exercises myself!

Another thing I have learned over the years is this: getting abs isn't just about exercising. Getting abs or definition is about what you eat.

Have you ever heard "abs are made in the kitchen"? Well, it's true. I can do all of the crunches and planks I want, but to see long-lasting results I have to eat healthy. I need to fuel my body with the right nutrients! 

Doing ab workouts definitely helps you build the muscle in your core, but eating the right nutrients will help burn the fat, increase your metabolism, and speed up the process!

Speaking of speeding up the process…. okay, lez be honest. It won't happen in a week...

Persistence and patience are key. I have to realize that I'm not going to do 100 crunches one night and wake up the next day looking like Jessica Alba.
That's not realistic...and neither is just doing crunches every night.

So the key to getting abs is eating healthy! Give your body the right nutrients! Of course, to tighten up that core, you can do some ab exercises and cardio! Did you know that sprinting is one of the best exercises to tighten up your core? But, don't over do it. It's best to do ab workouts 2-3 times a week, not every day.

So what foods are best for my tummy?

Best foods for abs:

Nuts (with skins intact…such as almonds)
Yogurt (probiotics are great for you!)
Fruit (mainly berries)
Whole grains
Veggies (leafy greens fo sho)
Lean meats
Peanut butter (aim for natural)
Eggs
Whey protein powder
Olive oil 
Beans and legumes (help build muscles)
A lot of these build muscles and help burn fat!


Worst foods for abs:

Sodium enriched foods (these tend to make you bloated!)
Potatoes
Chips
Deep fried foods
Soda
Processed meat
Fatty red meats 
Pretty much anything high in saturated fats


Below I have a few ab exercises that I do along with sprinting and eating healthier!



The first one is just a basic plank. Planks are amazing for your core! Just make sure to keep your butt and face down! Honestly, just hold it until it hurts.




The next one you simply tighten your core, balance on the ball, bring your knees in, and roll them back out. I do 3 sets of 10!



Now for crunches on the stability ball. The stability ball is great to use for crunches! You are using your core muscles to keep yourself balanced and using them while crunching! I do three sets of 20-30.




This really works my whole core. Just repeat this motion. I do 3 sets of 10-20.




This is a more advanced version of the one above. Just follow the movements and repeat! I aim for 3 sets of 10, but these are kinda hard!



Okay, these kinda suck. The key is to not let your feet touch the ground, but have them go as low as possible. I try and do 3 sets of 10! 



These aren't too back, but again, don't let your feet touch the ground! I do 3 sets of 20.


Okay, for these I do 10 slow, then 20 fast! So a total of 30, three times! 



You can incorporate any of these into your workout! You do not have to do these all at once. Remember, try and workout your abs only 2-3 times a week. Trust me, lifting weights and cardio are helping build your abs along the way!

Who knows? Maybe one day I will see some definition. It definitely takes time! No one said it would be easy!

But until then, I'm embracing what I've got! I can definitely feel a difference and I have noticed that my love handles are disappearing! 

I hope you have found this information helpful! If you need any extra advice or help, please don't hesitate to contact me! Have a wonderful Monday! :)

XOXO,
Callie


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