Flat, lean abs are on the top of most people's must-have fitness list. Whether you want a fully-fledged six pack to show off at the beach or just want to have a nice. flat tummy, you need to watch what you eat and do some specific exercises. In addition, you can also work your abs as you walk around performing your daily chores and activities. Doing multiple mini ab workouts will help you achieve the midsection of your dreams much sooner.
Set out on your walk as normal. Once you are into your stride lengthen your neck, pull your shoulders back and lift your chest so you are walking in good posture.
Imagine someone is about to hit you in the stomach; now tighten your abs up as hard as you can without leaning forwards or backwards. This is called bracing.
With your abs braced and breathing normally, walk 20 to 30 steps and then relax. After a moments rest, brace again and repeat. Perform five sets. As you become more comfortable with this exercise, make the periods of bracing longer.
- Walking for Fitness; Nina Barough
- You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises; Mark Lauren and Joshua Clark
- The Primal Blueprint; Mark Sisson
- Don't pull your abs in when bracing but, rather, try to make your abs as flat as possible.
- Emphasize your exhalations or out breaths as this makes your abs work harder.
- Be traffic aware; don't forget to keep an eye out for other road users even though you are concentrating on your abs.
Patrick Dale is an experienced writer who has written for a plethora of international publications. A lecturer and trainer of trainers, he is a contributor to "Ultra-FIT" magazine and has been involved in fitness for more than 22 years. He authored the books "Military Fitness", "Live Long, Live Strong" and "No Gym? No Problem!" and served in the Royal Marines for five years.