Six pack abs are desired by almost everybody.  Getting those washboard abs are becoming a necessity because of long and convincing infomercials that we see a lot.  There are numerous abdominal exercise equipment in the market nowadays like abdominal belts, abs-rockers, abs-lounges and many more.

When choosing for the correct equipment you would need to consider some things first.  You should not be deceived into buying fancy equipment which you do not really need.  You can do some research about abdominal exercise machines and workout equipment before you buy them.  The selected equipment must be easy to move and easily detachable.

Before attempting any rigorous fitness schedules at home with the newly purchased machine, consult  with a doctor first regarding injuries and medical conditions.  Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for maintaining the machine.  All said and done, the bottom line is any piece of exercise equipment is a good choice if one uses it.

So what are the benefits of  having an abdominal exercise machine at home?  This would allow you to focus on hard on the target.  Some abdominal exercise equipment is poorly designed or made from weak, undependable materials; some can even be dangerous to use.  Strained or torn abdominal muscles are incredibly painful, and can put you on the shelf for a long time.  Buying poorly designed abdominal exercise equipment is a risk you don’t have to take.

There are steps to ensure that you are choosing the correct abdominal equipment for you:

(1)    Choose the equipment based on how much  space you have and how intensely you plan on working out.  If you live on a small apartment, you may wish to opt for smaller devices.

(2)    Make sure to adjust your abdominal equipment so that you are comfortable throughout your exercise.  Lay your towel where you can easily get it to absorb your sweat.

(3)    When picking up or using weight, make sure that it is not too heavy or it will injure you and will make you fall.

(4)    You can interlock your feet, ankles, or knees in the abdominal equipment you are using.  This would give you added support and stability while working out.

(5)    Begin by inhaling , tightening your abdomen back toward your spine and then raising your neck and head a few inches off the ground.  Exhale as you roll up.  Support your head with your hands so you don’t strain your neck.

Some great pieces for your workout include:

(1)    Stability Ball (Exercise Ball)

The stability ball is a great piece of equipment. In addition to increasing range of motion for crunches and other abdominal exercises, the stability ball also improves your balance and coordination. You can start with the basics such as regular crunches or oblique crunches.

(2) Medicine Ball

The medicine ball is simply a weighted ball. Although some people may think that medicine balls are only for boxers and athletes, medicine balls can really enhance your core workout.

(3) Ankle Weights

Ankle weights can increase the intensity of reverse crunches and leg raises. When regular leg raises become really easy, you can add ankle weights to increase the muscle work in your abs.

(4)  Cables or Resistance Tubes

Here is another way you can add resistance to your abdominal muscles to break through strength.   You can perform cable crunches from a low cable tower by lying on the floor and holding the resistance behind your head. Or you can perform cable crunches from a kneeling position.

There are number of equipment in the market that you can use to  get yourself  six pack abs.  Your just have to choose the correct one and the one that suits your needs the best.

You’re always busy.  You don’t have enough time to go to the gym.  You don’t even have time to stand up away from your computer.  But you have a dream.  A model’s body.  A six pack abdominal glory.  Want to get that dream?

There are some easy abdominal exercises that you can do even at home.  Here are some exercises that can easily be done:

• Crunches

Almost all people know how to do this.  This exercise targets the upper abdomen.  It’s one of the basic but effective exercises. To perform crunches, you need to lie on a flat surface with your hands in your chest or behind you head.  Contract your abs, then hold for 2 seconds, then return to your lying position.  Proper crunches are in a continuous and controlled fashion.  Concentrate on your abdominal muscles to pull your upper body up.  Avoid using the neck or shoulders to push yourself up.  This incorrect practice will cause stress and strains.

• Side Crunches

They are basically the same as regular  crunches, except that the main focus is on the oblique muscles which are also called love handles.  It also uses the same technique, only that you are crunching to either side of our abs.  This would burn the sides of your abs.

• Lying Leg Lifts

This exercise targets the lower abs.  with this kind of exercise, you are on the same position as with the crunches,  you lie flat on your back and lift your legs six to twelve inches of the ground.  This would exercise the muscles in the lower part of the abdomen.  When performing leg lifts, place your hand under your buttock.  It adds leverage and helps you get your feet elevated.

If you want to add more weight into the exercise, attach padded weights into your ankles.  These weights can be purchased at the local sports store.  If you do not want to buy weights, you can simply fill up old tube socks with enough clean, unused cat litter to make one or two pound weight.

• V- Crunches

It’s almost like lying leg lifts except your chest is at a 45 degree angle starting out.  Sit at the edge of a bench and reach back just enough to support yourself from completely lying on the bench.  Once you’ve stabilized, bring your knees toward your chest.  You would be creating a V motion.  The base of the V would be your abs.

• Cat stretch

It’s the same with the movements made by a cat when they stretch their back. This simple action is a quick and easy exercise.  Get down on the floor with your hands and knees, with muscles relaxed and looking straight ahead.  Next, tighten your abdominal muscles while thrusting you back upward as far as you can.  Maintain the position for five counts before lowering your back.

• Bicycle Crunch

To do this, start y lying flat on the floor. Put your hand beside your head then raise knees up to 45 degrees angle and them perform a pedaling motion like what you do when you ride the bicycle.

• Standing Side Bends

Standing side bends encourages the loss of fats in the oblique muscles.  To start, stand up straight with the stomach sucked in, legs straight and hands on the sides.  Simply lean the body from left to right being careful not to rotate the hips and while keeping  body facing front.  There is a variety of side bends, this is the torso twists.  Instead of bending side to side twist or rotate the upper body from left to right while keeping the legs straight.

You can remove your flabby stomach and replace it with six pack abs, as long as you have discipline and of course the will to do so.

Yes you have six pack, killer abs. BuT are you sure you are healthy? Of course you can’t measure a person’s health on their outside appearance, but there are other ways of measuring how healthy you are aside from basing it on the midsection.

Weight of course, can tell if a person is healthy or not. But weight is also not that reliable. Doctors use body mass index or BMI to measure or judge a person’s size against weight. BMI is a calculation of kilograms/meter squared. A BMI between 18 to 25 is healthy. But someone who is very fit and muscular could have a BMI greater than 25. This would classify them as overweight.

BMI is a useless indicator for people under 16. Instead of using the weight and height ratio, what should be factored is the person’s age and potential for growth.

Body shape can also be an indicator of good health. Doctors are looking at waist measurements because they know that “apple-shape” people carry excess weight around their middle. These people can be at risk of obesity-related conditions such as heart disease. Be sure to measure your waistline. If your waistline is larger than 35 inches, you are at an increased risk of health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Paying attention to your waistline helps you to avoid unhealthy eating and increase mobility or exercise.

Other health indicators would be the skin. Tan, freckles or moles that are odd shaped or growing, this probably mean an unhealthy skin. Tanning or sun exposure an age the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer. Use sunscreen and get a dermatologist opinion about spots and moles.

When brushing your teeth, check your spit. If there is blood, your gums may need attention. Bleeding gums indicate poor oral health and vitamin deficiencies. Gum disease may also be a sign of cardiovascular problems. Blood on the toothbrush or dental floss is one of the earliest and most common sign of gingivitis. Gingivitis

It is more than just bad breath. Gum problems can now be linked to heart disease, clogged arteries, stroke, premature birth, and diabetes. women who have preterm deliveries have more severe gum conditions with mothers with normal deliveries. People with gumdisease and tooth decay are almost twice as likely to die of heart attacks and almost three times as likely to have a stroke.

Also, feel your lips. If your lips are dry and chapped, it could signal to you that you are dehydrated, which is an unhealthy state for your body to be in. Dehydration can cause headaches and fatigue, as well as drain the moisture from your skin making

Also watch out for your fingernails. Healthy fingernails and toe nails are strong, colorless and smooth. If they are yellowing, brittle, have ridges, crumbling and having white spots, then these are obvious signs that your nails are not healthy.

Nail problems can indicate viral, fungal, bacterial or yeast infection. It may also show abnormal levels of oxygen in the blood, kidney disease, thyroid disease or psoriasis and malnutrition or a vitamin deficiency.

You do not have to rely on six pack abs, biceps or lats to say something about your health and other people’s health. There are telltale signs that you should never ignore.

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