Step Eighteen: How Often to Train Your Abs
How often should you train your abs?
Many people believe that the more you workout, the healthier overall you are. This is a common fallacy because there is a such thing as too much working out. It is normal to want to train your abs to tighten them up, but after a certain threshold, this can become dangerous. Attaining 6 pack abs does not require a day-in and day-out training schedule.
Just like any other muscle in your body, your abs can get wore out. If you train your abs often, you should be aware of the risks of over exercising. Up to a certain point, exercise is beneficial to your muscles but when that threshold is surpassed you begin to not only ware out your muscles, but also build up wastes in them. This occurs because your muscles need to intake certain amounts of oxygen to work correctly. During a vigorous workout, you will not be able to take in as much oxygen as your muscles need to function. At this point, acids and waste products will begin to build up in your muscles which increase your risk for injury, and will leave you feeling very sore in the morning.
Most physical trainers recommend that in order to train your abs properly, you need a variety of exercises in you workout routine. You can achieve this many of ways, but I have found the best way is to mix in your cardio workouts on the opposite days you strength train. This creates equilibrium of the amount of stress you are putting on your body. For instance, on Monday, concentrate on fat and calorie burning with a cardiovascular exercise. On Tuesday, concentrate on your legs and buttocks region. On Wednesday repeat your cardio routine, and on Thursday, train your abs and arms. This will give your body a nice, even tone across all of your muscles as well as allotting enough time for your body to recuperate from all of the exercise.
Some people prefer to train their abs everyday, but ideally this is not recommended. As long as you do not over train your abs by working out in excess, ab training everyday can be a great part of your workout. Try to limit the number of ab exercises and mix them in with some cardio, leg, and arm workouts. This will ensure that one specific part of your body is not overworked. It is recommended to do approximately a half hour of cardio and a half hour of strength training a day. If you stretch before your cardio workout, your muscles will be loose, and use you strength training as your cool down after your cardio workout.
Many people believe that you can not over train your abs which is a very dangerous fallacy. Just like any other muscle in your body, your abs can be overworked, which will make you more prone to injure yourself ultimately. By mixing up your workouts you will be promoting all over body tone and fat loss without injuring and overworking yourself in general. This will give you a very attractive physical appearance as well as a healthy well being.