If you want a get a six pack fast, you need to drop some fat. Period. Other practices help, but cardio work is second to none when it comes to burning calories.
Weight training is one of the best methods of strength training! If you want to start weight training safely and effectively, with the best info, diet, and routines, check out the 5 Day Beginner Weight Training Course!
A good diet plan, like in my How to Get Abs e-book, will allow you to get the most from your exercise. Strength training also burns calories as well, around the clock as your body works to repair muscles and make you stronger.
But cardiovascular exercise just burns off the calories. And you need to know a few things to get the most out of your workout & get a six pack fast.
Cardiovascular exercise is your ticket. You want to be doing stuff like running, swimming, jumping rope, rollerblading, or something else physically intense that will get you heart pumping.
My favorite is running, since you can run almost anywhere and all you need are athletic shoes. Simple, and anyone can do it.
Once you start running, have it in your schedule and do it regularly. Rather than doing 7 miles in one day and then feeling sore for the rest of the week, work up the distance you run on a regular schedule.
I've just started running again and began with 1 mile. It's pretty short, but running a little regularly is better than agonizing and going all-out at once to try and get those ripped abs.
After a few weeks, work up to at-least 30 minutes of running. Any cardio work that goes at-least beyond 20 minutes starts burning those fat reserves, necessity for revealing you rock hard abs.
You want to lost fat, so you should keep track of the calories you burn while running. You'll know how much effort you're putting in, and if it's working.
You might think that you burn a set number of calories depending on the distance you run. WRONG! That' s an old running myth.
In fact, running a set distance burns lots more calories than walking it. Back in 2004 RunnersWorld printed tons of info about this: it really depends more on your exertion than the distance you run.
Here's how to figure out how many calories you're burning when you run. Yea, math, but this stuff is simple.
The 'Total Calories' is the amount you burn while walking or running, while the 'Net Calories' below give you the number of calories you burnminus your resting metabolism.
So, your total subtracting the small number of calories you would burn just sitting on the couch channel surfing. It's a better measure than the total calories you burn, but their both give here for comparison.
Running: 0.75 X body weight (lb.)
Walking: 0.53 X body weight (lb.)
Running: 0.63 X body weight (lb.)
Walking: 0.30 X body weight (lb.)
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