Who doesn’t want abs of steel?! Imagine rocking up to the swimming pool, whipping your top off, and watching everyone’s jaws drop to the floor. Your friends will be crowding around you, asking how you achieved such greatness, but you’ll know that it took very little effort at all. If you want to show off some serious six-pack abs, then try these three simple things. You’ll be surprised at just how well they work (just be prepared for everyone to swoon around you).
Up your protein
Wait, what?! You can get abs of steel without exercising?! Well, kind of. Research has shown that those who eat more protein are far more likely to lose belly fat and support muscle growth. So, while you may actually have to put some time in at the gym as well (sorry), what you eat can also have a significant impact on getting those six-pack abs. It’s long been agreed that increasing your protein intake after exercise can aid in muscle recovery, which means that it’ll be easier to get that toned bod you’ve always wanted. Not only that, but protein can help reduce your overall calorie intake as it keeps you fuller for longer, so it can aid in weight loss too. If you want to get rid of a little bit of belly fat before you hone those abs of steel, then it’s essential to pack your diet with protein. Eggs, meat, fish, nuts, and seeds are all excellent sources of protein that will help you get the abs of your dreams.
Have you ever heard of high-intensity interval training? If not, then this is the kind of thing that’s about to change your life. One of the best things about HIIT is that you don’t need a whole load of equipment or time to be able to do it. Usually, a HIIT session can be done in about 20 minutes without needing to head to the gym. There are plenty of free videos online (The Body Coach is one to follow), that will show you the ropes when it comes to this kind of exercise. You can expect a short burst of activity, followed by a brief rest period, and then another short burst of a different move. This is typically repeated several times until you’ve completed a few rounds of the same exercises. Just one look at those who swear by HIIT will show the benefits when it comes to getting those abs of steel.
Once you’ve finished your HIIT session, and before you dig into a ton of protein, test your core strength with some planks. They’re one of the most straightforward exercises to get right, so you don’t need to worry too much about messing up the form of it – but definitely check out some videos to get it right the first time. Plus, they’re much nicer to do than crunches… Eugh. Planking can help build your core strength and create that six-pack with minimal effort. Push yourself to hold the plank a little longer each time.
So, there we have it… Just three simple things to do and you’ll have abs of steel in no time! Thank us later.