1. Abdominal exercises are strenuous, and can cause straining and even injury if not done properly and in moderation.
You say that all exercise is strenuous?
This is true. But there is a big difference between walking around the block quickly and running a marathon.
Think about all those people who go out and shovel snow each winter, with little or no exercise during the summer months. They sit and watch television most evenings, instead of doing a small basic exercise routine. They don’t even get up and stretch regularly. Then a heavy snow falls, and they go out and give themselves strokes.
No one should embark on a specific regimen that isolates muscles, without first exercising the whole body. A general exercise plan is where you start.
2. Not everyone has the same muscle groups, hormone levels, or hereditary factors, and they shouldn’t expect the same results.
When you look at those posters of washboard abs, are you looking at 6 packs or 8 packs? There is a lower abdominal muscle called the pyramidalis, and not everyone has this muscle. Building the lower abs will give you different results if you don’t.
Women and men have different testosterone levels. Even men and men have differing testosterone levels. Testosterone is essential to building muscles.
For a long time weight lifters and athletes compensated for this factor by taking steroids, until they found out how bad that is for you. Still, some body builders and athletes took it to boost their performance, until they made it illegal. Now they disqualify people from competitions who use certain supplements or prescriptions, including steroids.
If your testosterone levels are not high, you can get a well toned magnificent body, along with those fast abs, but you won’t get a lot of bulk in those muscles. This is a plus for most women, who do not want to build, and it looks very attractive on many men, as well.
3. Some of us have hereditary factors to consider.
An irregular metabolism is the first, which can be influenced by a variety of factors. Thyroid and pituitary glands may under or over function along with the pancreas, to mention a few. The problem may not be severe enough to require medication, but it will affect they way you gain and lose weight, and how fast you can do it.
A visit to the doctor for a physical can be helpful if you are just starting out or are having problems you don’t understand. This can clarify a lot of issues and keep you from getting discouraged, as well, if your results aren’t quite the same as you anticipated.
4. Herbal supplements may help.
If you are in the prime of health, and still not turning that body into lean muscle, you may consider some of the many herbal supplements that are on the market today. Green tea will help you lose weight. There are natural hormone derivatives that won’t harm your body, also.
The last piece of common sense is that exercise is good for you. Don’t overdue it and strain yourself, and you’ll be more likely to get great fast abs along with a healthier looking body.
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