Having been working out regularly for a year now, I decided that beyond heart health, overall fitness and the freedom to eat cookies without guilt, a six-pack like Chord Overstreet‘s is what I want most. So, at the start of 2011, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was “abs by April.”
Well, that didn’t go quite as planned, but I am getting there (watch out, Chord).
In all seriousness, without unlimited time (Chord has revealed that his workout routine involves an hour of abs work at a time) and resources for a personal trainer and nutritionist, reaching your fitness goals will likely take a bit longer than you originally hoped. Thanks to a bit of research on Men’s Health and Details Magazine’s new “The Body” section, I’ve sound some helpful advice to guide me along my quest for abs:
- Water, water, water. Staying well-hydrated is the best things you can do for your body. One trick I’ve recently adopted is drinking a full glass of water as soon as I wake up to help kick-start the metabolism.
- Lots of snacks. Another way to keep the metabolism going strong is eating small snacks throughout the day. I keep small packages of raw almonds in my desk at work (you can get them at Trader Joe’s) and have replaced Wheat Thins with carrots and broccoli.
- Avoid stupid carbs. Stop drinking carbs in sugary “performance” and “health” drinks. Replace them with green tea. Also, if you find things like Nutter Butters addictive, avoid them (speaking from personal struggles on this one).
- Sit up straight. I am definitely a culprit of crappy posture, especially when I’m hunkered at my desk all day for work.
- REST. For image-focused psychotic New Yorkers, remembering to rest by getting enough sleep AND taking days off from working out can be tough. Your body needs an opportunity to heal and recover, so take it!
In addition to those handy tidbits, I’ve also found “8 Minute Abs” to be quite helpful (despite the annoying music).
Help me out here – what abs tips can we add to this list?