Best Foods and Exercises For Abs…
Everyone wants a rock hard core to show off at the beach. But HOW do we achieve this? Look no further. Iron Movement has sourced the best foods and exercises for abs. This includes 3 foods that you can incorporate into your daily meals and an effective bit sized ab workout that will leave you feeling stronger by toning your abs and as an added bonus, your upper body too. You will definitely feel the burn with this workout, but we guarantee you’ll be more than satisfied with the results 😉
Best Foods For Abs
Watch what you eat, sure – but don’t watch reruns. A boring diet is hard to stick with. “There is no one set of foods you must always choose from in order to make your abs show,” says nutritionist Dr Alan Aragon.
Why: Like broccoli, this leafy vegetable has a crunch – but with less than half the calories and carbohydrates!
How to ppare it: Separate, wash, and dry the leaves of one head of baby bok choy. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil on medium high. Saute the leaves with a thinly sliced garlic clove for about 5 minutes or until tender.
Why: Pound for pound, Kangaroo is less fatty than porterhouse steak, and contains more protein that will aid in building a muscular core.
How to ppare it: Try it barbecued kebab-style, finished with a squeeze of lemon and some chopped rosemary. Or slow-roast a bone-in cut for a hearty winter meal.
Why: This Dutch cheese is semifirm, unlike the semisoft Muenster, and has more protein, fewer calories, and a richer, nuttier flavour.
How to ppare it: Cube the Edam and eat it with a fresh pear. Better yet, try it in a grilled-cheese sandwich with apple slices and stone-ground mustard.
Best Workout For Abs
This is a great exercise to strengthen and tone your abs, and your arms and shoulders, too. When you move your hands away from your face, the core has to work overtime to stabilise. In turn, you will most definitely feel the burn (which I know you all secretely love).
This workout is demonstrated by Nike Master Trainer, Kirsty Godso. She explains how to do the bite sized workout and some helpful tips below:
How to do this ab workout:
Start in a strong plank position – hands under shoulders, eye gaze at the fingertips, micro bend in the elbows, long flat back, tight core and feet hip width apart.
Walk one hand out at a time maintaining a long flat back and good body positioning (using a mirror is key to check your technique in this exercise)
Only walk your hands as far forward as you can maintain good body positioning. Once you hit your max, walk your hands back in to their starting position under your shoulders. Make sure you use a strong core brace to start walking your hands back in.
Continue to walk your hands out and in for 1 minute at a steady pace switching the leading hand half way through. This drill is best mixed in with other drills in your training program so try and repeat it 3 times in a given session to really notice improvement.
Top 3 Ab Workout Tips:
- If you can’t keep good back positioning in this ab workout, start out on your knees and practice building up your strength from there. To make the exercise more challenging – try and walk your hands as far away as possible, decreasing the distance between your body and the floor.
- If you feel imbalanced, try taking your feet a little wider apart to increase your base of stability.
- Don’t forget to breathe during this exercise.
Incorporate this workout into your ab days or daily if you’re feeling daring 😉 The burn you get from this exercise is addicting. Make sure to substitute foods like brocolli, porterhouse steak and muenster cheese for lower calorie foods… such as bok choy, kangaroo meat and edam cheese, to gain a lower body fat percentage and get those abs popping. We hope you enjoy our take on the best foods and exercises for abs and will be with you every step of the way, providing nutrition information, effective workouts and sickening motivation to guide you along the journey to obtaining KILLER abs.
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