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Top 3 Tips to Get Ripped in Your Core

Posted Sep 19th, 2014 in General, Fitness, Nutrition, Wellness

Top 3 Tips to Get Ripped in Your Core

Abs. We all want abs. I don't care whether you are a man or woman, young or old; when your waistline starts to shrink, you can't help but stand a little bit taller and smile just a little bit bigger. Not only does a tighter core make us look better, but it also helps us move better, and feel better. The core the is powerhouse of our body. It give us stability and ultimately helps us move our arms and legs in a controlled, strong fashion.

The core the is powerhouse of our body. It give us stability and ultimately helps us move our arms and legs in a controlled, strong fashion.

Back ache? Feeling off balance? Slumping in your chair? Not able to climb the jungle gym with your kids? The nurse in me knows this could be caused by a million and one things, but for most of us, a tighter core means the ability to do more. 

We always hear the term, "Abs are made in the kitchen." I get that it's a figurative statement and I agree that you can't out train a bad diet. If you want a slimmer waistline, you need to cut out the crap from your diet, literally, but the timing of when you eat certain foods plays an important role as well. 

Fruit has naturally occurring sugar that the body can break down and use, but I always eat most of my fruit before 3pm. I want it to be burned and used for exercise, chasing around my crawling son, or perhaps even walking down every single isle of Costco that my husband loves to do; Now that is a painful, gruelling process in which I need all the energy I can get. 

Fruit has naturally occurring sugar that the body can break down and use, but I always eat most of my fruit before 3pm.

I also stop eating three to four hours before bed time. I want my body to go into fat burning mode, not burn whatever snack I decided to give it, healthy or not. If I'm really hungry, I chug a big glass of water and that always seems to do the trick.

I also stop eating three to four hours before bed time. I want my body to go into fat burning mode, not burn whatever snack I decided to give it, healthy or not.

The next term we always hear is "Train the core off the floor." I absolutely agree with this statement. How much time do we spend in life laying down? Wait, maybe don't answer that. How much time in life SHOULD we spend lying down? Unless we are sick or injured, it's probably only when we are sleeping. The reality is that we move throughout life. We twist and bend and push and pull; therefore, we need to train that way. A compound move such as a squat with overhead press or grabbing a medicine ball and twisting side to side while we lunge will recruit far more muscles than a basic crunch. 

The reality is that we move throughout life. We twist and bend and push and pull; therefore, we need to train that way.

In order to get into that fat burning zone, we need to turn up the heat. I'm not saying that you can't slim down by walking, but little bursts of strength and cardio that leave you breathless and burning, with or without the addition of weight, will do far more for the core. 

The last term we hear is "You can eat your way into being unhealthy or you can stress your way into being unhealthy." I'm not sure which one is worse, but it's true. When we are stressed, our body alerts itself to go into protector mode; therefore it hold onto everything in the powerhouse of our body. Lack of sleep messes with our hormones, and the end result is just a whole mess going on in our midsection. If you workout on the regular like me, take a rest day or add some yoga into your life. Listen to your body and grab a nap if time permits. Turn off the electronic devices at night and power down your mind and your body.

When we are stressed, our body alerts itself to go into protector mode; therefore, it hold onto everything in the powerhouse of our body.

Need help figuring this all out? For workouts, eating plans, or a good old yoga/flow class to relax the mind, I'm here to help!

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