Got abs?

I don’t do direct ab exercises. Most exercises we do involves the core and abs. So it’s worked indirectly to some extent. If you have been working out or involved in some sport or physical activity for several years, most likely you will have some degree of abdominal development. The problem is most of us can’t see that ab development because it’s hidden under a layer of fat. One must be lean enough to see what lies beneath. It’s when you’re lean enough you can then include more direct ab work to make the ab muscles more pronounced or bigger if that’s your desire.

The saying, “abs are made in the kitchen” simple means eating less or eating clean to reduce your body fat levels in order to reveal them. Doing endless crunches or sit ups in hope of burning off your belly fat is a waste of time and energy in my opinion. All that does is improve your endurance in those exercises with nothing to show for it if you don’t address the diet side of the equation.

Remember you can’t spot reduce. So if you want abs be prepared to lose body fat on other parts of your body also. The belly fat may be the last to go based on your fat distribution patterns. But don’t despair, you will be re-composing your entire body in the process and with a consistent and balanced fitness routine and diet, you will like the results.

Making time vs finding time.

Exercise is something I do at least four times a week and I have been doing it for several years. It is something I enjoy and look forward to doing hence the reason I make time to do it. I like to try out different approaches to exercise and the past three weeks I experimented with not scheduling my workouts and I figured I would just go with the flow of the day and exercise whenever some free time was available. After three weeks I got in  three workout sessions.

I am married with two young boys ages five and two, and everything that comes along with having a family takes up your time and energy. An average of one workout a week on a consistent basis, in my opinion is not enough when your goal is weight loss, muscle building or improving fitness. I can only imagine how hard it is for some to find time to exercise who have bigger families or more going on in their daily lives than I do. The problem is our approach.

The issue of finding time is a faulty concept. One must make time. It’s a faulty concept because finding time requires little to no sacrifice. You allow things to get in the way or take precedence over what you intended to do, a road that leads to no progress. To succeed at anything in life there needs to be some measure of sacrifice. When you make time to do something, you do it no matter what. For me to get my workouts in I need to either sacrifice some sleep and do it first thing in the morning or sacrifice going to bed at a decent hour and do it the last thing at night. Each person’s situation is different so their sacrifices will be different as well.

We can all make time for exercise if we really want to, but are we willing to sacrifice the simple pleasures in life to make it happen? We make time for everything else, so why not exercise?