Monday Motivation: Squats over sit-ups for a slim stomach or 6-pack

HOUSTON -- It's time for your fitness tip of the day with Lindsey Day. Let's talk about a common misconception. Many of my clients say, "Lindsey, can we do a lot of ab exercises today? I’m trying to slim down my stomach!" I say, "Oh okay, you want to tone the midsection? Great! Let’s do a leg workout instead, and talk about nutrition between sets!"

Allow me to explain. Diet and lifestyle are about 75% of the equation. Abs are made in the kitchen. You can't out work a bad diet! What’s your stress level? Are you getting about 7 or 8 solid hours of sleep per night? Stress and sleep play a huge role in our body’s ability to burn fat.

The other 25% is fitness. You will not see definition in your abs unless your body fat percentage is down low enough. To give you a general idea, females should be below about 25% and males below about 18%. This will put you in the fitness range.

If you want a toned midsection focus on adding lean muscle over your entire body.  The more muscle you have the faster your metabolism will be, meaning you’ll burn more fat while sitting on the couch and sleeping at night.

Legs are a large muscle group. I’d argue you’d be on a faster track to a flat stomach by squatting heavy over doing sit ups!

A gym and equipment is helpful but not necessary. You can do this at home! Take 15 to 20 minutes and try this!
1- 1 minute of (bodyweight) squats
2- 1 minute of stationary lunges (30 seconds each leg)
3- 30 seconds to 1 minute of wall sits
4- 1 minute squat jumps (for the advanced)
5- Rest 1 to 2 minutes and repeat for a total of 3 to 4 times

The key is to feel the burn! Pain is temporary but results are long-lasting!

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