Dos and don'ts for six pack abs every fitness freak should know

You need to keep a few things in mind in a fitness regimen so that you avoid injuries and your body doesn’t have to work hard for it. Read dos and don'ts for a six pack abs workout.

Editorial Team
Written by: Editorial TeamPublished at: Jan 20, 2014

Six pack abs workout

Six pack abs workout
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Drawing inspiration from celebrities, everybody wants to get six-pack abs these days. The way to six pack abs lies in reducing fat from all over your body, not only around the waist. You need to keep a few things in mind so that you avoid injuries and your body doesn’t have to work hard for it.

Do crunches

Do crunches
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One of the best exercises to work your abdominals is crunches. Ideally, you must work up to the point where you do 3 sets of 20 repetitions or 4 sets of 15 repetitions.

Don’t overlook back

Don’t overlook back
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You must focus on your abdominals, but it creates an imbalance in the musculature when you don’t train your back. Support your spine as well with exercises such as squats and lifts.

Do squats and overhead presses

Do squats and overhead presses
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Squats and overhead presses will help you work your stomach muscles. More than crunches, these exercises use a lot more muscle groups and make the whole body work a lot harder.   Watch video : Myths related to squats

Don’t do intense exercises everyday

Don’t do intense exercises everyday
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You can do crunches every day, but exercises such as hanging leg raises and windmills shouldn’t be done daily.  These exercises work the abs hard and demand some rest in between.

Do a mix of strength and intense cardio

Do a mix of strength and intense cardio
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You need a mix of strength training and intense cardio to get ripped abs. Combine abdominal training with 2-3 strength training sessions a week.

Don’t let lifestyle take back seat

Don’t let lifestyle take back seat
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The first thing that you need to think is making healthy lifestyle changes rather than quick-fixes to be in best shape. Eat well, sleep well, and train regularly.

Don’t forget to eat right

Don’t forget to eat right
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Nutrition is elementary to any fitness regimen. Eat a low amount of calories, high protein, low carbohydrates and low fat diet. Avoid fried foods and sodas.   Also read  : Energy boosting foods you should after morning workout

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