Developing a six pack is perhaps the biggest, most common challenge for guys in the gym.
Despite the emergence of many exercising techniques and nutritional technologies, the usual Ab training methods seem most reluctant to yield results. Rather than training like crazy for hours to get firmer abs, wouldn’t it be better if we knew about less demanding, everyday habits that help to develop a six pack?
Develop a Wake-Up Routine
Rather than lazing in the bed in the mornings, get up and drink two to three glasses of water. It would better if you can drink about three glasses of lukewarm water to which a teaspoon of honey and lemon has been added. This is useful in many ways. For starters, it helps to raise kickstart your metabolism. This means that the dormant phase during mornings where you aren't burning as many calories is overcome. Secondly, the combination of honey, lemon and water helps to eliminates hormonal toxins that contribute towards fat deposition. This is also beneficial for all-round muscle development. During the night, the muscles undergo a significant repair process and need re-hydration during the morning.
Get a Heavy, Protein & Carb-rich Breakfast
A fulfilling breakfast is vital to ensure that you don’t snack throughout the day and your calorie consumption is restricted. However, rather than eating protein bars and low-fat supplements, trying eating natural. This means including eggs, low-fat milk and whole wheat breads in your breakfast. If you could combine this with some sprouts, you would have created a wholesome, nutritious breakfast. Carry a fruit that you can munch on the way to the office along with some soaked nuts like walnuts and almonds. These food items keep-up metabolic rate and provide sufficient nutrition to your muscles without adding to the paunch.
Keep Your Fitness Goals on Your Mobile/Memo
To ensure that you eat healthy and remain honest towards fat-neutralizing choices throughout the day, we recommend creating a visual reminder of your fitness goals. This includes creating a memo of sorts that is splashed on your mobile as you are about to get settled at your desk at work. This will ensure that the temptation to have endless cups of coffee and those calorie-filled cookies is kept at bay. Ensure your list of reminder includes:
• Taking the stairs as many times possible
• Drinking lots of water
• Saying ‘NO’ to fizzy drinks
• Taking your nutritional supplements/vitamins on time
• Taking a small physical break every hour or so
• Snacking healthy when the hunger pangs hit hard
• Stretching at the desk to keep your muscles relaxed and supple
• Recollecting your workout goals at the gym, i.e. weekly goals
Combine a Quick Bout of Cardio & Different Forms of Crunches
You need to invest daily for developing stronger, firmer abdominal muscles. This means that a bit of cardio exercises should be combined with a few crunches on every weekday. When doing cardio, combine some skipping and stretching with a few push-ups. This is sufficient to get your metabolic rate up and your abs warmed-up for the crunches. When crunching, don’t be limited to the basic crunches only. Try the Twisting and Lateral Ab crunches too. This is vital to exercise the entire range of abdominal muscles, including the Obliques. Try to do at least 5 sets of crunches of 30-40 crunches every, alternate day. (Health, MensXP.com)