Abdominal and Core ExerciseTo condition your abs, perform specific core exercises that work all the abdominal muscles. There are many core exercises you can do without any equipment, and there are also some simple products that you can use at home, such as a large exercise ball. Using the ball for crunches requires that you stabilize your torso while balanced on the ball and you end up using more muscles than when performing standard crunches.
Best Ab Exercise EquipmentSometimes doing a exercise is more fun and efficient when you enlist the help of a few pieces of equipment. Here are some top picks: Endurance Training for Sports | High Intensity Training Principles
Nutrition for a Flat BellyIn order to decrease body fat and build muscle you need proper nutrition. The best diet is one that includes a balance of whole (not processed) foods including complex carbohydrates, quality protein and healthy fat. Eating several small meals throughout the day helps many people stay more satisfied and reduces hunger. Other tips for avoiding fat gain include: getting adequate calcium, eating breakfast and eating high fiber foods. Make sure you stay well-hydrated by drinking water throughout the day and be sure not to cut calories too drastically or you could inadvertently lower your metabolism.
Combining a bit of each – good nutrition, aerobic exercise and core specific strengthening – will go a long way to give you those strong, flat and functional abs.
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