We should know by now that millions of Sit-Ups and Planks for days are not going to give you a six pack WITHOUT aerobic activity to burn abdominal fat AND a well rounded healthy diet. Especially a diet including carbs, you need them! Not the carbs from a red pepper, asparagus or brussel sprouts! Good ol' carbs from sources like: Sweet Potatoes, Whole Wheat Bread or Oats is where it's at.
Where do you think our bodies get the energy to perform a workout? CARBS. So if you are scared of carbs or neglect the right kinds, imagine the energy levels you could have to power through a workout with a diet including the right carbs at the right time.
Weight training and Ab exercises will strengthen and "tone" the underlying core muscles which improve your balance and stability! So having a strong core can help you in ways you don't realize you need it. Doing things from throwing a ball to getting a bowl from the top shelf or tying your shoe all involve your core to get the job done.
Using Free weights are a great way to engage your core….and most of the time you don't even realize you are using your abs to do most of your lifting exercises. So just because you are not on the floor doing an actual sit-up, don't worry. The abs are working.
Tomorrow I will show an exercise on my INSTAGRAM that ANYONE can do that requires STRENGTH and BALANCE using your CORE. And don't worry for those who say "well, I have awful balance so I probably won't be able to pull it off" the exercise is done lying down…..so give me a better excuse to not try it!