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Workout Tips: Six Pack Abs

Active kids seldom worry about their waistline. That 'baby fat' disappears almost effortlessly during adolescence. Riding bikes, running rather than walking and all the normal kid activities keep kids slim. Unfortunately, 

as we get out of school and into adulthood, we tend to make less time for daily exercise and become more sedentary.

You go to work or school, sit at a desk, then go home and kick back in front of the tube or computer. Time is at a premium, right? Slowly, but surely, you settle into your new sedentary lifestyle. You start gaining weight. Women have children, a sure way to increase the waistline. You men are not exempt from this syndrome. Well-fed by your wives or significant others, you gain a little pouch around the stomach, unnoticed until your clothes don't fit as you'd like. As soon as you see the abdominal region getting out of hand, it's time to get an abdominal workout program in place. The longer you wait, the worse the situation becomes and the harder it is to correct this physical 'blemish'.

If you suffer from the plague of flab around the abdomen, listen up! Here we have eight painless, but effective abdominal workouts to rid you of this annoying element of growing older. Whether you're 20 or 60, these work! Warm up at the beginning of each session with stretching exercises.

1.Spend ten minutes a day doing sit-ups. Sit-ups are the premier abdominal workout! As a skinny 9th grader, I held the school record at 107 sit-ups per minute. Would that I could repeat that performance! The point is that it is possible. Go for the gold! If you're a novice in the abdominal workout scene, take it slowly. Ease into your daily routine. If you can only do 5 or 10, that's OK. Increase by 1-2 each day.

2.Push-ups are another exercise which promote a smaller waistline, tighter abs, and tone your legs and arms, as well as firming up the behind! Again, start with just a few – as many as you can do without straining muscles – and add more as you gain strength.

3.Aerobic exercises are a good choice if you have joint stress problems, such as arthritis or joint injuries. Here, all you need to do is tighten the abdominal muscles as you would taking a deep breath. Hold that position for just 5 seconds, relax and repeat. This can be done while standing, sitting or lying down and is quite effective in toning those abs quickly. This abdominal workout can be done just about anywhere, even in the grocery checkout, so this one's a time-saver too.

4.Remember the activities you enjoyed as a kid, but didn't label 'exercise'? Surely you rode your bike for fun. How about skating, bowling or basketball? Consider taking up one of these activities again. These are all good for toning up the abs, arms and legs, are good for your circulatory system and gets you out in the fresh air. If you're older, or have health concerns, check with your doctor before beginning a vigorous program of such exercise.

5.Martial arts classes are one of the best ways to get in shape, while learning self-defense techniques. Not just an abdominal workout, but an all around body shaper. Instructors are certified martial artists and can safely organize your workouts to suit your individual needs.

In addition to looking good in that bathing suit, your abdominal workout almost always results in other benefits to your overall shape. You'll be in better health and feel better about yourself! (TIMExplore.com)

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