Great abs are what everyone wants. Some are in search of the six-pack. Others seek a sleek, toned midsection. And then there are the hardcore athletes—you know, the people who do triathlon and obstacle races—who are all about the core.
At the end of the day, everybody wants to be able to hit the beach and peel off their T-shirt to reveal beach-ready abs. Getting to that point is easier day-dreamed about than accomplished, but it’s doable—with a combination of exercise and a healthy diet plan.
Here are five quick tips to help you get beach-ready abs:
Clean Up The Cardio
You know the deal: Hitting the treadmill or elliptical for 30 minutes, three times a week is good for your heart and will help you keep weight off. However, to achieve those beach ready abs, instead of doing 30 minutes, three times a week, take every opportunity you can to burn calories. Shoot for forty-five minutes a day, five days a week—keeping your heart rate in the optimal fat-burning range, which is between 60 and 70 percent of your resting heart rate.
Cut The Carbs
There are a lot of diets that will help you lose weight, which is key to getting beach-ready abs, but when it comes down to it the most effective strategy is to cut down the carbohydrates.
Cutting down the carbs, and a diet that includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and tons of water, and your efforts to lose that excess stomach fat will ramp up!
To help supplement your healthy diet, Shapeology Burn Blend mimics the effects of high metabolism to help burn fat even after you’ve stopped working out. Who wouldn’t want to rev up their metabolism for swimsuit season?
You can’t get a six pack without developing your abdominal muscles. So make sure to work on your abs every day. That means working in crunches, planks and other exercises that will pump up your ab muscles. Start muscling up while you’re hitting the cardio and you’ll see your abs sooner than you thought!