If you’re like most of us, you wish there was a way to get those killer abs instantly. While you may not be granted this wish, how does getting beach abs in four weeks sound? This might sound too good to be true but expert trainers will tell you it’s possible. This article takes you through the journey to carve your body with a decent toned midsection.
The Right Attitude
First off, a sculpted body doesn’t just happen. You have to work for it and it starts with the right mindset. Your mind is a powerful machine and is the driving force behind every success or failure in your life. When you set a goal, it’s crucial that you develop a positive mind to fuel your dreams.
Truth be told, it won’t be easy to power through your ab workouts if you have a negative attitude. Set realistic goals and put all your focus on the program.
You are what you eat. So, resist the temptation to indulge in junk or fast foods. To get results, you have to eat healthy balanced meals. Focus on eating good carbs, including oatmeal, whole-grain products, and plenty of vegetables. Avoid packaged foods which notoriously pack loads of sodium. Instead opt for home cooked meals, especially power foods full of proteins, like eggs, dairy, lean meats and also include lots of fruits like berries in your diet. Drink plenty of water and minimize alcohol consumption or smoking. You don’t want to drink lots of sugary drinks for the reason that sugar is bad for your health.
Beach-Ready Abs Workout Mountain Climbers
Get into a push-up position and bring your left knee up to your right elbow while maintaining a forward gaze. Act as if you’re running uphill, alternating your left and right knee movement. Tighten your abs and move as fast as your body can allow. Do this exercise for around 60 seconds and rest for 30 seconds before repeating again.
Start in a push-up position but place your elbows and hands on the ground. Keep your legs straight and maintain a forward gaze. Tighten the abs and breathe normally. Hold this position for 60-second intervals.
With your back flat on the floor and you facing the ceiling, bend your knees so that your heels almost touch your butt. Lift your legs off the ground and bring your knees towards the chest. Slowly take your feet back but don’t touch the ground. Repeat the ‘knees to chest’ exercise doing about three sets of 10 to 15 reps. This exercise puts a strain on your hips and targets your abs. At first, it might be difficult but the more you practice the more toned your midsection will become.
Wide Leg Scissors
Start in a V position with your legs pointing up and your elbows and hands on your side. Lift up your back so that there’s no contact between your back and the ground. Cross the left leg over the right leg and continue with this routine doing around 30 or more repetitions. To perform another variation of this exercise, lie flat on your back and lift your head up. Place your hands underneath your butt with palms facing down. Lift your legs about 12 inches off the floor and crisscross them like a scissor. Do 30 repetitions of about three sets.
Start by lying with your back flat on the ground. Place your hands at the back of your head, lift your head slightly and bend your knees. Bring the right knee toward your chest and slowly take it back while bringing the left knee toward your chest as if riding a bicycle. Increase your pace and keep both feet off the ground. To challenge yourself, try bringing each knee to the opposite elbow. Do this exercise for about 60 seconds and take a rest before repeating the exercise.
Lie on your left side with your legs straight. With the left elbow and hand firmly on the ground, prop yourself up to get into a side plank position. Keep your hips and legs off the ground and tighten your abs. Try to maintain a straight line from your head to your toes and breathe normally. Hold this position for 60 seconds and then repeat on the right side.
Lie flat on your back with your arms straight on both sides, palms down. Keeping your legs firmly pressed against each other, bend your knees and alternate both legs to the left and right side, just like a car’s windshield wiper. Repeat this side to side movement 10 to 20 times taking breaks before doing it again.
Begin by lying flat on your back. Lift both legs up and keep them as straight as possible. With your arms stretched outward, reach up to touch your toes and then lower your back to the ground. Repeat 10 to 20 times of three sets. Russian Twist Sit on a mat and bend your knees to a tabletop. Slightly bend backward so that you form a V. With your left arm, stretch so that you touch the floor on the right side next to your butt. Do the same with your right arm. Do 30 reps, 15 on each side.
While some of these exercises may seem simple, they are guaranteed to yield impressive results if pursued with enthusiasm, commitment, focus, and discipline. Try them out and you’ll have beach-ready abs in as short as four to six weeks.
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