Today we are getting down on the ground and doing 7 minutes of ab work on the mat using only our body weight. Warmer weather means less clothing—making this the perfect time to start getting your abs in shape for summer!
We all want a tight and toned core, but working towards a defined midsection isn’t the only reason to build strength in your core. A strong core has plenty of benefits: improving balance, breathing, and posture, not to mention protecting you from injury and preventing back pain. The key is to target all areas of you core, not just the abs.
I am working on a new series for you called 7 minute ABS. If you want abs you have to work for them, this is the first core workout in the series. 7 minutes a day, 7 days a week with consistency and a hot and healthy diet are going to get you the abs you are looking for.
There are so many different ways to work your abs. You don’t always need to get on the ground and do crunches. If you are like a lot of people who can’t get on the ground then try my 12 Minute Standing Up Abs or Sexy Standing Up Abs
You can do all the ab exercises and crunches in the world but if you are not eating healthy consistently you are not going to get the six pack abs you are working so hard for. Here are my top tips for flat abs.
My Top Tips For Flat Abs
FLAT ABS TIP #1 – Eat Simple and Eat “Clean”. The more simply that you eat, the better you will feel. By eating simple combinations of foods you will not only lose weight but you will also experience and achieve the following:
- Weight loss
- Clear skin
- Mental acuity
- Reduced stress
- Increased energy
- Improved immune function
- Better digestion
- Reduced cravings
When you add foods that are green to your plate, they nourish your body and give you life. These foods strengthen your immune system, providing you with more energy. Choose greens like spinach, Swiss Chard, and kale to name a few; the darker the better. If you do not like your greens or you are a green newbie, then try starting this step by eating celery, cucumber and lettuce. Remember that veggies are good for you and even taking veggie baby steps is better than nothing! You will see and feel small improvements.
FLAT ABS TIP #2 – Train your entire body not just your abs. Don’t just focus on crunches or training your core. Focus on full body movements that work your entire core. My circuit workouts are great because you are using your entire body, and your core is your center. When you do full body movements your abs need to stabilize your body and work from every angle.
FLAT ABS TIP #3 – Stress Reduction. Try to practice stress reduction at least 10 minutes per day. There are many options for this activity. Just like with exercise you need to find the one that works for you. As little as 10 minutes per day of doing something to relax has HUGE health benefits.
Flat Belly Tips
You will be amazed by the immediate results you can achieve. A sense of calm and mental clarity are critical in a busy day to strengthen your focus and help you to make better choices for you health and well-being. Don’t pass over step three too quickly.
I recommend clients try deep breathing exercises, sitting quietly with a cup of tea or a book (just ten minutes will make a difference here), meditation, prayer, journaling, visualization exercises, reading over personal goals you have written out, sitting outside in the sun, or going for a quick walk are just a few ideas to get you started.
FLAT ABS TIP #4 – Flush the bloat and alkalize the body.
UPON WAKING, DRINK THE LEMON ELIXIR
Take 2 cups of room temperature water, and add the juice from 1⁄2 a lemon, a pinch of cayenne (optional), and 1 teaspoon of raw honey or a couple drops of stevia
MID-DAY, DRINK THE CRANBERRY ELIXIR
Add 2 tablespoons of cranberry concentrate (I like Knudsen’s brand) into 6 ounces of room temperature water, or seltzer if desired.
BEFORE BED, DRINK THE CHLOROPHYLL DRINK TO ALKALIZE
Add 1 tablespoon of chlorophyll to 12 ounces of water with the juice of one lemon. Or Chlorophyll pills if you don’t like the liquid form.