A toned, lean midsection is the ultimate sign of a fitness plan that’s working.
It’s also one of the hardest things to achieve.
Maybe you’ve given up on your stomach after doing thousands of crunches only to see zero results. I honestly don’t blame you.
It’s time that you forget everything you’ve heard about how to sculpt your abdominals. The truth is that crunches simply won’t give you a toned midsection. Ever.
Doing crunches with the hope that it will make your midsection flat is to operate under the most widely held fitness myth. We’re talking about the spot reducing myth. Here’s the truth: training one area of your body will not specifically burn fat from that area.
Even those who have heard that spot reducing is a myth often still train as if it is true. So here’s the hard truth that you need to face: Doing crunches will not magically make your tummy shrink, it will not cause your muffin top to melt away, and it will not give you a lean, toned and healthier body over 50.
Only a reduction in body fat will do that for you.
So, want the secret to a more toned midsection? Drop some body fat with a combination of fat burning cardiovascular exercise, resistance training, and clean eating specifically designed for the over 50 crowd.
It is very possible for you to dramatically shape up your midsection. Yes, I’m talking to Y-O-U. Weight loss is not reserved only for the people you see on the Biggest Loser or on exercise equipment infomercials or just the under 50 crowd. You can do it too.
Let’s determine if your current routine is getting you closer to the body and healthy lifestyle you want, or if you have simply been burning time. Answer the following two questions to find out…
1. How many times per week do you exercise?
If you answered with anything less than 4 fat-burning workouts per week, then that’s the first thing getting between you and a healthier body. What is a fat-burning workout? A fat-burning routine incorporates intense intervals of (age appropriate) cardiovascular training with challenging (but NOT delirious) resistance training. Does this describe what you do?
We’re sorry to be the ones to break this to you but walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes at a comfortable pace isn’t a fat-burning routine. Neither is a leisurely, not-a-drop-of-sweat 20 minutes on the elliptical machine or leisurely swimming laps. The truth is that exercising smart allows you to dramatically increase your results while spending less time in the gym.
Cardio exercise is most beneficial when done at an effective level of intensity based on many factors. This doesn’t mean that you should be gasping for air. It does mean that you need to dig down and push yourself. Every time.
Resistance training is the second vital part to a workout that burns fat. This means working your major muscle groups against resistance in a way that challenges you and stimulates your metabolism. The key here is to find the right intensity and to keep each muscle group guessing.
2. Do you eat clean?
Diet is the number one reason that most people carry extra fat around their midsection. If your diet is out of control, then your waistline will be too. To trim down, start by trimming the junk out of your diet, regardless of how hard you exercise.
- Don’t eat too much. Do you know approximately how many calories you eat each day? The best way to find out is to record every single thing that you eat for a few days. Take those numbers and do an evaluation—feel free to recruit us to help out with this part. Together we’ll come up with improvements for your diet and adjust your calories for maximum results.
- Cut out the junk. While this may seem obvious, your definition of “junk food” may need to be updated. Start with anything that contains sugar. Refined sugar is one of the biggest ingredients in the junk food world—it is found in soft drinks, blended coffee drinks, cookies, cakes, packaged snacks, and other sweet treats. Processed fat is another monster to avoid. As a rule of thumb, view all processed or refined items as junk food, and kick them to the curb.
- Eat when hungry. You’ve been told to never let your metabolism “crash” by going hours without eating, but it turns out that all-day snacking may be counter-productive. Instead of trying to schedule meals and snacks for certain times throughout your day, go with how your body feels. If you are hungry, have a small, protein-based snack. If you aren’t hungry then don’t force a snack on yourself in the name of fueling your metabolism.
Now you know why just crunches will not get you a fit, lean midsection or a healthier body. While it is important to exercise your abs a couple of times a week, don’t expect fat to fall of that area after thousands of crunches. Functional fitness is designed with core strengthening in mind throughout the entire session!
Are you over 50 and seriously want to improve your waistline? All you have to do is decide that you really want it. Commit to yourself. You deserve it.
Come join us at Your Personal Best for functional fitness workouts that can deliver the results you want. Together we will get you on a program that will melt the fat off your midsection, help you move better and feel better —with visible results.
Call or email us today for a no obligation consultation. We’re here to propel you towards your fitness and fat loss goals.
Let us get you started on a functional fitness program that will get you on the fast track to your best midsection and health. Ever.