That’s my focus these days, as far as weight loss/toning up. (As far as fitness, it’s training for a marathon!)
Anyway, I’ve followed the awesomeÂ SarahÂ for awhile on Tumblr. Yesterday, I clicked through to her site. Um, check out those abs! So I asked her a questionÂ yesterday about how I could get abs like hers. Check out her answer below. It’s all pretty common-sense stuff, but it’s good to remember:
First, Iâ€™m so flattered you read my blog! I follow yours as well (since Tumblr first started doing the directory and Iâ€™ve loved it since!)
So in regards to my abs, I think part of it is good genes but I am not one of those naturally skinny people AT ALL.Â I just gain and lose easiest in my tummy.Â So itâ€™s pretty noticeable to me when I need to let up on the dessert.Â
I have always been a runner.Â I think first and foremost that is what helps.Â I run between 30-50 minutes 3-4 days a week (unless it rains for 5 days straight like this week).Â
Also, I try to always do strength training moves that require stability from my core.Â For example, rather than doing regular bicep curls, I stand on a bosu ball or on one leg.Â For squats, Iâ€™ll put weights on my shoulders at a perpendicular angle (elbows pointing forward).Â The forces your core to work hard to keep your chest and head up. Â I do a lot of planks, and love pilates ab moves like the hundred.Â
Lastly, I try to eat clean.Â My idea of junk food is trail mix or an apple with peanut butter during the week.Â Rarely do I eat pasta or bread and if I do, itâ€™s under 100 calories in a single sitting.Â I donâ€™t drink soda, diet or regular.Â I try not to drink beer.Â I am of course a secret addict to sweets (which I reveal at times), but I know Iâ€™ve gotta work it off within the next day or two to make sure it doesnâ€™t stick. Â
Thanks again for the amazing compliment.Â I honestly donâ€™t focus exclusively on my abs during workouts except maybe one move, but I just try to always be using them during the day whether itâ€™s sitting up straight or giving them squeeze while I run.