Who doesn’t like a healthy body? On our way to get that ideal body in our mind, we keep our own set of parameters. Each person’s fitness model looks different. But what’s usually common and the first thing that comes to mind is a pack of abs. “When will I see my abs?” is a question trainers around the world answer way too often.
Multiple beliefs and myths do the rounds about fitness, especially about abs. These probably stop or slow down your progress. So, let’s bust 4 common myths about abs and help you take a step ahead.
Myths About Abs That Halt Your Progress
1. Working Out More Chisels Abs Faster
Unfortunately, the only thing an excess workout leaves you with is body ache and damaged muscles.1 Spending 2 hours in the gym instead of 1
2. Eating Good Food Gives Good Abs
This is true only to a certain extent. The goal of a healthy diet is to give your body enough nutrients and calories to keep it working. Anything in excess settles down as body fat, especially around the abdomen.2
Contrary to popular belief, there is no proof that a Paleo diet or a Keto
3. Doing The Same Workout Each Day Build Abs
This is absolutely untrue. All muscles get used to exercising after a while. You hit a plateau of sorts from where it is very hard to move forward.
What you need is variety in your workout. Mix up your exercises, or even forms of exercise, through the week. This way, you will always be surprising your body and muscles. As a result, you improve their efficiency and get better results over time.
4. Abs Only Have Cosmetic Value
This is, by far, the most notorious myth that prevents people from striving for abs at all ages. Abs are
Core muscles, of which the abs are one component, are essential in maintaining your posture and spinal strength. They also help you lift weights, sit for long hours, and work on your feet – activities you do every single day – more efficiently and with minimal injury to the bones and joints.3
Stop asking when you’ll see the abs and start asking how you will know that your abs are strong. Visible yet or not, if they improve your overall body function, they’re probably there, working very hard on the inside. Which of these myths has stopped you from working harder for those coveted abs? May be it’s time to rethink your agenda and start working for a healthy body.
|↑1||Holewijn, Michael. “Physiological strain due to load carrying.” European journal of applied physiology and occupational physiology 61, no. 3 (1990): 237-245.|
|↑2||Colles, Susan L., John B. Dixon, Paul Marks, Boyd J. Strauss, and Paul E. O’brien. “Preoperative weight loss with a very-low-energy diet: quantitation of changes in liver and abdominal fat by serial imaging.” The American journal of clinical nutrition 84, no. 2 (2006): 304-311.|
|↑3||Peate, W. F., Gerry Bates, Karen Lunda, Smitha Francis, and Kristen Bellamy. “Core strength: a new model for injury prediction and prevention.” Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology 2, no. 1 (2007): 3.|