Six Pack Abs

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Resources for Tummy Flattening Exercises

They can be found anywhere; there are magazines with flat stomachs being shown off by beautiful models on the cover with a caption promising to show you how to get abs just like hers. For those that want to purchase the magazine in order to find out how to achieve flat abs, these magazine articles are great. You can get exercise routines for a flatter tummy from endless websites when you sign up and pay a fee. This can be a good source for some that wish to achieve this goal and also have the money. But where do you go to find tummy flattening exercises at no cost to you?

One of the best sources for finding free information is probably the Internet. Using search phrases that include the words "free" and "tummy exercises" or something close to that will produce a list of hundreds of sites. A variety of exercises for flattening the stomach along with step-by-step instructions on how to perform them are provided on these sites. Printing out the exercises you liked so you can have the instructions available when performing them is simple.

The library is another good source of free tummy flattening exercises. The library might not be as convenient as the Internet but it could have more information. A person can read magazine articles, borrow videos covering exercises to flatten stomach muscles and find books on the subject. You just need to take the time to go to the library.

The television is also a good source for finding free exercises to flatten the tummy. There are several television programs throughout the day related to fitness and even channels dedicated to health and exercising if you can set aside a certain time each day to exercise. Since the primary goal of most people that exercise is to flatten the stomach, most of these shows will focus on that. It may be a good option for those that can find the time to work the right program into their schedule or can record it to use later although it won’t be the right method for finding free stomach flattening exercises for everyone since it’s not that convenient.

Doctors are probably the best source of free exercises to flatten the tummy for those that have medical reasons to lose the weight around the stomach. The person will be aided in the achievement of their goal, to feel and look better by the brochures and other materials they have. A doctor is a good source to find out where else to find this information as well.

Finding flat tummy exercises can be done through hundreds of sources. An investment or purchase is required by some of these sources. Free tummy flattening exercises are offered by many sources as well. The information isn’t better just because you paid for it. Regardless of the source, the best exercise is the one that works for the individual.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Oblique Tummy Exercise

The following exercise concentrates on your obliques, which are the muscles at the side of your abs (“love handles”). This exercise is a little difficult, so you should work your way up to doing the final result, if necessary. The exercise I describe below uses a stability ball.


Put the stability ball at your lower back, but this time, you are going to lie straight back, like in the picture above. Do not lean as far back as you can, like recommended in the basic sit up.


Now, pick up your head/shoulders a bit, like pictures below. When your upper body is in a “half crunch,” pick up either your right or left knee, and aim it towards your opposing elbow. Since this is the first level of the oblique exercise, we are not going to bring our elbow to our knee. You can see how close you can get them to each other. Just get used to the motion and instability of bringing up one knee to the opposing elbow. When you do one knee, lower it slowly and raise the opposing knee and aim it at its opposite elbow.


Two sets of 20, so you do 10 of each leg. Go slow and controlled so your body gets used to the instability of balancing on one leg on the stability ball. (You can also do the same type of sit up where you bring one elbow to the opposing knee, but keeping both legs on the ground. Do this if you are having trouble balancing on one foot).

Friday, May 15, 2009

How to Lose Fat from the Hips

It is common that women have a bit more hip fat than men. Still, many people want to lose fat from the hips to look slimmer. There are several exercises that can help reduce fat from your hips and, in general, exercises that can work throughout the whole body. The loss of fat from the hips can be done in the same way as you can lose fat from the legs or abdomen.

The squat exercise can help you lose fat from the hips, and build muscles. To do squats, you need to stand with your feet in line with the hips (the same width as the hips). Without bending your back, bend your knees so that your hips go down to the level of the knees. Return to the squat position and repeat several times until you feel fatigue. This is also an effective exercise to burn fat in the buttocks.

Aerobic activity will help you also to increase your heart rate and oxygen flow in the blood. The more oxygen that flows through our body, the more energy we get. When you perform aerobic activity correctly, you will improve your respiratory system and increase your metabolism. At the same time, it burns fat hips. Aerobic activity also provides cardiovascular benefits, because it can actually strengthen our heart and bring your cholesterol levels down. Taking an aerobics class or working with a video aerobics training can be a fun and healthy way to lose fat from your hips.

It is important not only to get a good amount of exercise every day. You need to make sure that your diet will help you in your goals of fat loss on the hips. Staying well hydrated is important for weight loss, especially if you are putting a lot of work and sweat. Drinking water is the best way to keep your body from losing too much fluid, which is essential for the proper functioning of your body. Drinking water can also help reduce your appetite between meals.

Eating fruits and vegetables is also essential for fat loss. Your body needs protein, sugar, vitamins and fiber that fruit and vegetables provide. They also contain water, which helps you stay hydrated. Fruits and vegetables will help you keep your body nourished and helps metabolize stored fat hip. The fiber in vegetables and fruits may reduce your appetite for food and helps fat to pass through your system faster, so it is less likely to be stored. Eat more fruits and vegetables will help you surely lose hip fat.

Another tip is to eat small meals but more frequent. It will boost your metabolism and prevent extreme hunger. Make sure you cover all the major food groups in appropriate proportions.

Squat and aerobic exercise will help keep your metabolism high and keep burning fat from the hips even after the exercise. Watch what you eat and make sure you drink plenty of water. Finally, eat lots of fruits and vegetables that have many benefits such as reduced appetite, hydration of your body and increase of your metabolism.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Exercising on an Empty Stomach. Is it Right or Wrong

Last Saturday I was at a party with friends. At these parties what always happens is that when I mention that I am a professional trainer, everybody starts asking questions about exercise and training to lose fat.

On one occasion, a lady asked me something that has been mentioned by many in radio, television, Internet and many books. The question is:
Is it true that if you exercise in the morning on an empty stomach, you lose more fat?
To my surprise I had forgotten that many people still think so. Not really.

Numerous studies have shown that eating a mixture of carbohydrates with protein 1 hour before a workout improves the performance of individuals and the effectiveness of the training. People, who eat before they exercise, can exercise longer and with greater intensity. Because of this your body burns more calories, more fat and increases metabolism.

A simple example:
You and I are going to run in the morning. You eat a toast with some cheese and ham and I do not eat anything. We start running and I am left without energy and have to go slower because I'm well tired. I can run through the middle of the distance. You complete the route faster and decide to continue running until I reach the total distance as well.

When finished running, we reach the house and I am desperately hungry. Then as my hunger is so great I decide to have breakfast and I eat two eggs, toast, ham, cheese and fruit. Both of us consumed the same at the end of the morning but you could run longer, burned more calories and feel better.

Continuing the same situation every morning, at the end of the day I will gain weight because of eating the heavy breakfast, but you will lose pounds because you eat lighter before the exercise, therefore you could run more than me.

Exercising on an empty stomach is ridiculous. There is no scientific research and real evidence that it helps you to lose more weight.