The 5 Rules of Flat Abs
Do you have trouble flattening your tummy no matter how much you try? Women’s Health gives 5 rules for flat abs. The basic re-cap is below. You can view the entire article here.
1. Attack your hidden core muscles- You should forget about the crunches because they only work your “superficial” ad muscles. Women’s Fitness says that, “Instead, you need to target the muscles that lie beneath the superficial ones: your transverse abdominis, multifidis, and internal obliques. Strengthening them pulls in your middle like a corset, keeping the area looking flat and toned.”2. Move your butt- Women’s Fitness explains that your butt and belly are actually connected in that sitting around all day “renders your glutes practically useless and causes your hip flexors—the muscles that connect your hipbones to your legs—to become stiff.” This couch-potato combo tilts causes your pelvis to tilt forward and “increased the arch in your back which puts stress on your spine. From a cosmetic standpoint, it pushes your abdomen out, making even a relatively flat stomach bulge.” So in order to get flat abs, you need to work your glutes. 3. Eat flat-belly foods- Protein & good fats will make your belly appear slim. You should eliminate added sugars, watch the salt, and even watch good stuff like broccoli and beans because they can cause belly bloat. 4. Stop stressing - Often, anxiety produces extra cortisol, a hormone that encourages the body to store fat, and it goes straight to your belly. 5. Work your abs less often- Stop the daily ab workouts, it’s actually not helping. Women’s Fitness explains,“You’ll see benefits quicker if you give your muscles a day to fully recover between workouts.” Apparently, when you stress your muscles during a workout, you are breaking down the tissues, and “they need rest days to rebuild and get stronger.”