So you want to tone your abs? The good news is you won’t have to head to the gym. Now you can just get off the couch and have your workout there in the same room. Save time driving to the gym – as well as gas money – and still get a chiseled core by following these tips.
In your cardio routine, ensure you use HIIT or High-Intensity Interval Training. This form of cardio burns more fat than a traditional routine would so you will be able to target that extra fat laying over your muscles. HIIT burns about nine times the regular cardio routine! Here is an example of a great HIIT workout for the abs. There are many others available free online.
A common misconception is that the only way to tone your abs is to do crunches on the floor. However, standing up is a great way to build a stronger core. The knee cross crunch, for example, targets the oblique, lower, and upper muscles, as well as requiring balance and coordination, all while standing up.
Another move you can do at home is the cross body chop with a medicine ball, which works your shoulders, glutes, and upper back in addition to your abs. Try for 8-10 reps per set and rest for a minute between each set.
Pay Attention to Calories
If you want a tight core, you will have to count calories. No, we are not talking about following a fad diet. Instead, know how many calories you burn per day to understand how much you can consume daily. A Fitbit or other electronic calorie-monitor can help you to figure this out and get you closer to toned abs.
In addition, living a low-stress life is important. When stressed, your body tends to hold onto fat as a coping mechanism. When you put into action a plan to reduce stress, your body will not only improve in appearance, but you will feel better too. Your plan to tone your abs is now all set!