How to Get Perfect Abs

For those of us who don’t already have swimsuit models’ bodies, the question of how to get perfect abs can seem like a riddle with no answer. While I have not yet uncovered a quick and easy trick to getting great abs fast, I can give you some pointers that will get you going in the right direction. And if you head in the right direction with enough determination and conviction, you will end up getting where you want to go.

Eat Like You Mean It
Part of whittling down your waistline and getting abs faster is cutting out the junk your body doesn’t need, in order to reduce whatever amount of fat is hiding your abs from the world. Plan ahead by anticipating mid-morning or afternoon snack attacks, and packing snacks to take along wherever you’re going. Choose low fat, fiber-rich foods that will actually help put your hunger away for awhile. Fresh fruit, peanut butter and whole grain crackers, or low fat string cheese, are all smart choices that can easily be kept on hand to save you that trip to the candy jar on the corner desk, or the vending machine down the hall.

Keep Your Goal in Mind
The great thing about abs is this: the more you think about them, the harder you can make them work. Whether you’re walking around the grocery store, sitting at your desk, or out on your daily run, tighten up your abdominal muscles by pulling your belly button in toward your spine. It will give you good practice for great posture, and work the abs’ endurance strength. The more often and longer you can make it a habit to do this, the quicker and sooner you will achieve visible results.

Work Hard(er)
Now, it’s possible that you already max out your muscles and your energy every time you get into the gym. More often than not, however, there is room for improvement in this area. During weight lifting sessions, make sure you re-evaluate your weights and exercises often, to ensure that your muscles are being duly challenged. Work all of your major muscle groups—including your abs—with resistance that gets them to fatigue relatively quickly, and you will gain lean muscle mass.

During cardio stints, push your intensity higher with hills or sprint intervals. If you prefer cycling to running, try a spinning class, to really challenge you with a variable intensity workout. The longer you can work at a higher level of exertion, the more calories you can burn during a workout. Since perfect abs are not generally covered with a layer of fat, the more calories and excess fat you can burn on any given day, the faster you can reach your goal.

Getting perfect abs—like achieving perfection in anything—will undoubtedly take time and effort, but it can certainly be worthwhile. If you are ready to take your physique to the next level of health and fitness, embrace a lifestyle of healthy eating and regular exercise with open arms, and make it your own. You’ll have abs to show off in no time.

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