by Keila Chaliotis, Staff Writer
Most people focus on getting their upper and lower body fit, but they tend to leave out the best part of it all, the abdomen. Why do people tend to do this? Here is the reason. The abdomen muscles are one of the toughest muscles to get into shape. The abdomen consists of three sections. These are the three, the upper, middle, and lower abdomen. It takes a lot of effort and dedication to keep up with majority of workout routines for abs. Besides the toughness of the workout, you need to keep a strict diet! You can’t do an intensive work routine and think you go around eating burgers, tacos, or other fatty foods. No, you are only fooling yourself! Maybe I can help you out with a little something different from what you are used to being told to do for a good abs workout. I took the time to research on the topic and bring you this good info on how you can get a great and easy going workout for your abs.
First, let us start with what your diet should be. We all hate to be told to stop eating the so tasty and fascinating fatty foods that cause our bodies to blow up like a hippo, but if what you want is a lean and attractive abdomen, as hard as it may be to do it, you have to let them go. Even my mother complains about her recommended doctor’s diet which consists of salads, white meats, and natural drinks. The truth is that these diets are not as bad as she makes them out to be. Knowing just how to prepare the meals to your own individual tastes, while staying within the nutritional guidelines, will make it easier for you to make the switch over to healthy eating from junk food. Here is a recipe you can take into consideration:
Smoked Chicken Salad
We serve the smoke chicken salad over lettuce. You may also serve it on a sandwich. This healthy smoked chicken salad recipe is easy, light and tasty, and suitable to be taken for a first course or light lunch.
How to make smoked chicken salad
Preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes
- 1 ½ cups couscous
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 cups arugula
- 1 small cucumber, sliced
- 1 raddicchio lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 12oz smoked chicken breast
- Fresh basil
- Salad dressing
- Salt and pepper
Cooking methods for smoked chicken salad:
- Pour hot water over the couscous as instructed on the packet, cover and let stand. Add the butter. Stir through the couscous with a fork and let cool.
- Mix all the salad ingredients with the couscous and serve onto plates.
- Slice the smoked chicken breast and arrange on the salad. Put a spoonful of salad dressing on each. Shred the basil and scatter over the salad. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Just like this tasty recipe, there many more that you can look up and try at your home. You can also cook a week’s worth of healthy meals. This way anytime you feel the urge to have a good healthy meal, all you need to do is, microwave it, set it on the dining table, and enjoy! This is easier and faster than any fast food delivery. Hope you like this recipe as much as I do and plan a good diet for your workout.
Now, let us get back to the real importance of the topic, abs! Out of the next workout routines that I’m about to give you, you can choose to do them on your own or have a personal coach.
Here are some workouts that work great on your abs and are done in no more than 3 to 5 minutes:
3 minute Toe touches with a medicine ball
In this three minutes workout, you will need an exercise floor mat and medicine ball. You will place the medicine ball at the point of the mat where you will choose to rest your head. You will lie down flat on the mat and grab the medicine ball while completely extending out your arms. Once you have reached a full extension of your arms, you will commence the workout by lifting both your arms and legs, while maintaining the full extension of both, and will lift up to the point where your toes meet with the medicine ball. You will repeat this movement 10 to 15 reps. Try to keep your abdomen firm and tight while doing the exercise and you will receive a better burn on your abs muscle for better results.
5 minute intense workout
In this 5 minute workout, we will split it up into sections of 30 seconds per exercise. We will start with mountain climbers. You will get down to the floor in the push-up position. Once you’re set, you will proceed to bring one knee at a time forward towards your chest then the next one. Try to do it with quick pace and always reach up to your chest for an effective burn. This exercise will work on all three sections of your abs. do 5 sets of 10 reps. Repeat this for 2 minutes and 30 seconds and switch!
The next exercise is, Standing Crunches. In this workout, you will remain standing. Lift your hands with closed fists to the side of your head. Once in position, you will proceed to bending your upper body forward until your upper and lower body is forming the letter L. Bring yourself back to an upright position and dropdown again, but only that this time you will do so to the left side.
Now do it to the right. You will also put some tension on your stomach while doing this workout for a better result. This exercise will work on your lower abs as well as your sides. Repeat this for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
Well friends, as we all know, every good story comes to an end. I hope that I have given enough information and motivation to get started on a sexier you. Remember! Eat healthy and don’t cheat yourself.