While summer is still months away, the perfect beach body is not impossible to obtain. Everyone shoots for low body fat percentages and BMI, muscle growth, vascular arms, and six-pack abs. It’s the latter, the physically visible abs, that is at the top of what people want.
While many assume that doing an insane amount of crunches and sit-ups will yield those chiseled abs, a better workout for that same muscle group are squats.
Putting Legs to Work
An effective squat with proper form engages the core of the body. Although it feels like work and pressure is being put on thighs, the reality is that the glutes, inner thighs, waist, obliques, and abdominals are all getting tensed and released, resulting in a use of energy and burning of calories. That simple exercise of lowering the body and rising, as if attempting to sit down on a chair that really isn’t there, exercises that whole area.
Abs Within Reach
Given consistency and incorporating some weights in addition to ones own body weight, the benefits of squats will begin to be felt. That soreness that accompanies the worked out areas is a clear sign that it’s working. In addition to weights, one can use special boards and balancing plates to engage the core with even more resistance.
The key is to maximize the returns of the energy being put in. Increased calorie burning is the result of consistent exercise while upping the challenge gradually so that the body doesn’t hit a plateau.
Squat, Eat, Repeat
A healthy and lean diet is important as well. Watching that food intake for low-calorie and low sugar intake is important so that the squats burn off more calories than are being put in. This is why it is true that abs are made in the kitchen rather than in the gym.