Spending hours and hours on abs but not seeing the results? You’re not alone. Getting that six-pack is more than just doing crunches, planks, or any crazy ab exercise you may have seen on Instagram. Getting that pesky six-pack requires determination, hard work, and some alternatives to what you are currently doing. Here are some easy ways to mix up what you are doing and achieve those six-pack abs!
Do More Cardio
Whether you are walking, jogging, running, cycling, swimming, or even playing a team sport for fun, cardio is an important factor in getting the defined abs that you want. Performing cardio 3-4 times a week for 20-40 minutes has shown to be an effective way to burn fat and decrease belly fat. Whether you perform your cardio all at once or break it up throughout the day make sure to fit it in to get that 6 pack!
Yes, Continue to do Ab (Six-Pack) Exercises
Even though than doing crunches or planks isn’t enough by itself, performing ab exercises is still important. Exercising those abs will help strengthen them and help them grow in size since they are a muscle like any others in your body. As you build your abs and decrease body fat, the combination will make that 6 pack pop even more. A tip for abs, make sure to work in different planes of motion. Perform some crunches or sit ups, but also throw in some Russian twists and oblique work to help with that definition.
Focus on your Nutrition
Ever hear of the phrase “abs start in the kitchen?” Well it might not be entirely true, but it’s not completely inaccurate either. You can be doing all of the cardio and ab exercises needed to achieve that 6 pack, but you can’t outrun poor nutrition. Throw out that processed food, get your fruits and vegetables, and watch the fat drop. So buckle down and get on top of your nutrition to achieve that 6 pack.
Getting that 6 pack isn’t easy, but with the right mindset and incorporating all three of these factors, you will get there. Adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle and you will see the results.
Written by GUADS Staff Member Patrick with contributions from www.healthline .net