How to Get Abdominal Muscles to Show
We all have them – ab muscles
Though we all have them, they are certainly not all in the same shape. Some are big and flabby, while others are thin, but not necessarily in great shape. Still others are impeccable. Their abs are toned and muscular, and they don‘t mind showing them off. So how did they get them that way?
Ab muscles always look much better when they are toned, or muscular looking. They look healthy and add shape to your upper core. If you know how to exercise these muscles, you can get a sleek looking upper core.
There are 6 muscles in the abdominal group; all of them play a role in the movement and support of your core. They help you to be able to stand and stay erect. They keep you from slumping over, as well as to be able to bend in multiple ways. They help you to sit without slumping over, and are a part of your postural support system. The deeper muscles support a healthy spine.
So what are the different ab muscles, and what are they responsible for? The muscles are: the transverse abdominus, the deepest of the 6 muscles and wrap around the torso. They resemble a back support belt and play a large role in your body’s posture. Next are the internal obliques, which are on either side of your torso. The next deepest muscles, they affect your body’s posture.
The internal obliques play a role in the ability to rotate your body. Then there are the external obliques which lie on either side of the torso. These are not as significant in the role of your body’s posture, but they do play “a” role. Lastly, the rectus abdominus muscles. These are the most superficial of all abdominal muscles. They aid in your body’s posture, and help give your abs the 6-pack look.
Your abs can look really good when they are in shape. So how do you achieve this? You will have to do some exercises; crunches and sit-ups. But keep in mind that sit-ups only work when done correctly.
Some exercises good for toning and tightening your abs are:
Sit-ups do work; but only when done in a controlled manner, slow and very decisive movements. You can’t just rush through the sit-up, but need to concentrate on every movement you make, with the sit-up.
Sitting tall at the edge of a sturdy chair that won’t tip, put your hands on the edge of the seat with fingers pointing outward. While tightening your abs, bring your toes 2-4 inches off the floor and lift your bottom off the chair. Now hold the position for as long as you can, trying to get to a count of 5-10 seconds. Let yourself lower to the chair, and repeat.
Aerobic exercise is great for the stomach muscles. There’s biking, walking, swimming, and jogging. These decrease the subcutaneous fat storages Perform 30-45 minutes of cardio a day for 5 days a week, and you will steadily see the fat disappear.