Abdominal Exercise Tips

Abdominal exercise tips: great abs are difficult to achieve, because of how people are exercising them.

Having fabulous abs is a dream for both men and women. They are also the most difficult to achieve, in part, because of how people are exercising them. Working only part of the abdominal section, poor breathing and improper form, lack of aerobics, and poor dieting are the leading road blocks to attaining fabulous abs.

The abdominals are made of more than just the "belly" region. The middle muscle, rectus abdominis, can be divided into upper and lower regions. Although there is only one muscle, it is important to do exercises that target both the upper and lower regions individually, as it is too large to work thoroughly all at once. There are also the internal and external obliques, which are the side "love handle" areas. These too must be targeted and toned. The abdominal region is made up of a team of muscles which all must be exercised.

Although abdominal work is strenuous, it is imperative that you breathe. Exhale during the contraction of the muscle. Every time you tighten up, breathe out. Release all your air, even when working the obliques. If you hold your breath, your muscle will take on a rounded shape, as it tones and tightens around the air in which you are holding. You will not achieve a washboard look. Breathing will also help to ease the pain of the exercise.



Proper form is crucial to exercising, especially when working the abs. Poor form is not only inefficient, but can lead to injuries, especially in the back. Be sure to focus on the muscle you are working. Visualize it tightening and releasing. Quality and not quantity is the key. It is better to do 12 properly formed crunches than 20 improperly formed crunches. Stop immediately if you feel pain or discomfort in your back. It may be necessary to consult a trainer or your doctor to help you find a workout program that is right for you.

In addition to targeted strength exercises, you must also do some form of aerobic exercise for 20-30 minutes at least three times per week. There is no such thing as spot reducing. If you want to see the results of all that muscle work, you must remove the fat on top. Muscle work alone will not achieve this.

Finally, all is thwarted without a balanced diet. A diet high in fat will negate all your efforts. Similarly, a starvation diet will also keep you from your goal, as your body will feed on your muscles to sustain itself. Further, instead of burning fat, your body will fight to store it. A diet balanced with protein, carbohydrates, and fat is necessary to promote muscle gain and weight loss.

Fabulous abs are within your reach. All it takes is desire and the right kind of hard work, which includes:

* exercising all areas of your abs,

* breathing through the exercise while executing it properly,

* adding aerobics to your workout program,

* and implementing a properly balanced diet program.

Although you may never have a body like Arnold Schwarzenegger, you can attain hard muscular abs that look attractive and support your body well. Check with your doctor before you start an exercise program.

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