Have you ever heard anyone say “I wish I had a round or flabby stomach?” Probably not! Everyone wants a flat stomach. But most people are not sure how to eliminate stomach flab and attain a flat stomach. And those that do understand what must be done to lose a fat stomach and attain a firm; flat stomach may be compromising the results of their efforts. There are several common mistakes that many people make in their efforts to create the stomach they are trying to achieve.
Below is a list of common mistakes to avoid and recommendations to follow in order to achieve phenomenal results during your stomach exercise regiment.
•Recovery Period: Unlike other muscle groups, the abdominal or stomach muscles do not require a recovery period. Stomach muscles recover in a matter of seconds. When performing stomach/abdominal exercises, you should move continuously from one exercise to the next. Stomach/Abdominal exercises should be performed until exhaustion.
•Breathing: If you are holding your breath during stomach/abdominal exercises, you are not fully contracting the stomach/abdominal muscles. Make sure that you exhale through exertion. Otherwise you will not obtain the full benefit of the exercise.
•Lower Abdominals: Begin your abdominal/stomach workout by exercising the lower abdominal first. The movement exercises both the upper and lower regions at the same time. This will allow you to increase the number of abdominal specific exercises targeting your upper abdominals. Examples of lower abdominal (stomach) exercises include reverse crunches and leg lifts.
•Protein: Eating a diet rich in protein will enhance the development of the muscles. Without protein, the abdominal/stomach muscles will not reach their full potential.
During your regular stomach exercise routine, remember to adhere to the above recommendations. If you continue to perform a schedule of aerobic activity 3 to 4 days per week, a resistance training schedule to increase fat burning muscle at least 2 days per week, and your stomach program 3 days per week, you should begin to see faster results.