Millions of people watched as our Golden Girl, Jessica Ennis, won gold in the Olympics - and it was most certainly a hard task to peel your eyes off her perfectly toned stomach, wasn't it?
The Sheffield Athlete is a without doubt a true sports icon and she’s also got abs to envy. How does she do it and more importantly, how can you?
REPS, The Register of exercise Professionals, say that achieving awesome abs isn’t an impossible task. Jean-Ann Marnoch, Registrar for REPs, tells us her top tips below:
Jessica clearly has a high intensity, full time training regime, but you don’t need to be a World Champion to be proud of your stomach. High activity, calorie burning exercises like brisk walking, swimming, dance and running are the best way to start and can have a great effect on the body. It doesn't matter how toned your abdominals are, if there is a layer of fat over them you won't be able to achieve the flat, toned tummy which you desire.
Resistance and balance exercises are great for toning up abs. A great Example is to kneel on all fours, stretching your right arm out and right leg behind you. Use your abdominals to stop you from wobbling and help you balance. Hold this position for five seconds and then repeat it on the other side, holding for longer periods each time.
Fresh Food Not Fast Food!
Forget faddy diets, healthy eating is the best way to get and stay in shape. You can still have chocolate now and again, but eating a balanced diet with smaller portions and cutting down on fast, processed food and soft drinks which are full of sugar will work wonders. Even Olympians allow themselves a naughty treat every so often… their secret to maintaining maintaining a healthy balance is quite simply; balance!
Waterbaby; Drink More.
Drinking plenty of water will help you stay hydrated, while keeping your hunger at bay.
Go For Goals
Find a REPs Registered instructor who will help you to achieve your goals, and choose an activity that you will enjoy. REPs instructors deliver all types of activity from group exercise to individual personal training sessions and from Yoga to Pilates.
If you’re looking for a personal trainer to help you achieve the body you want, or if you want to check that your class instructor is suitably qualified to help you reach your fitness goals, search online by name or area at www.exerciseregister.org.
Femalefirst Taryn Davies