The Best Abdominal Exercises, According to the Experts

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This is a very common question we get:

“What are the best ab exercises I can do?”

People know that strong abs and a tight “core” are very important for overall fitness, injury-prevention, and body aesthetics. The abs, along with the lower back, protect some of the most vital organs in your body, while also assisting in nearly every movement — making them extremely important for athletes. But they are also one of the first things people look at when your shirt comes off.

And who doesn’t want a┬álean, flat, sexy, “fitness model” stomach or a bodybuilder’s perfect “six pack” to show off during pool season? ­čÖé

There are literally 100’s of different ways to work your ab muscles on your way to a strong core and┬ápain-free back. But which abdominal exercise are really the best? If we had to choose only 2, they would be hanging leg raises and Swiss ball roll-outs because these movements provide multiple benefits beyond just working the abs (e.g. increased functional strength and great spine stretching/lengthening).

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5 Reasons Why Intermittent Fasting = Faster, Healthier Weight Loss

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Lemon water: a great fasting beverage!

We’re always searching for the best methods to burn fat, lose pounds, and get fit in the fastest healthy way possible. There are literally thousands of different strategies and tactics for getting rid of unwanted body fat quickly, but only a few can be considered truly “great.”

Until relatively recently we weren’t big fans of weight loss diets and programs that involve lots of “fasting”… mainly because so many of them are pure BS and/or dangerous fads. Things like simply not eating for long stretches of time (several days at a time), extremely low calorie diets that last for weeks, and other “starvation” diet methods (aka crash diets) definitely do not, generally, lead to good things.

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The Fastest Way to Get Fit: New Studies Show Best Burst Training Strategies!

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Sprinting = Fast Fitness Results!

The idea that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) — aka “burst training” — is one of the best ways to burn fat, tone muscle, and get fit fast is nothing new. Many of the world’s top fitness experts have been recommending it since at least the early 90’s. A significant amount of scientific research has proven its effectiveness in recent years, showing that it can help you achieve better fitness in less time than conventional cardio workouts.

Simply put, interval-based workouts involving short bursts of very intense exercise burn calories and body fat efficiently while┬ádramatically improving cardiovascular health at the same time. Oh and it does all this without almost any of the negative consequences involved in typical “long, slow” aerobic exercise.

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Raw Almonds: The Fitness Superfood Everyone Should Be Eating

photo of raw almonds - fitness superfood!If there is a near-“perfect” natural food for fitness, health, energy boosting, weight loss, weight maintenance, etc. raw almonds could be it. These unique tree nuts are exceptionally healthy, nutrient-dense, and one of the best snacking options you’ll find. They can be used to easily boost your intake of healthy fats, good carbs, fiber, calcium, and protein — all in one delicious, convenient shot.

A recent study even proved that almonds are one of the best snacks for weight loss because eating them controls hunger and cuts food cravings. Researchers from Purdue University found that:

“…consumption of almonds… suppressed hunger and desire to eat sensations especially after being consumed as snacks… These findings suggest that almonds may be a healthy snack option.”

Along with walnuts, almonds are a staple of the very healthy Mediterranean Diet. Despite their phytic acid content, many paleo diet followers consume them on a regular basis (often after a good soaking). Raw almonds are even an ideal protein source for people following an “alkaline” diet.

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5 of the Best ‘Easy’ Weight Loss Tricks

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Cut out the crap & stick to the basics!

Losing weight doesn’t have to be as hard as most people make it. It doesn’t require complex plans, crazy diets, weird products, expensive supplements/drugs, or any of that kind of stuff.

In fact, weight loss can be relatively ‘easy’ if you know a few tricks. Below is a list of 5 of the best tactics for getting better weight loss results in a faster, easier manner. Enjoy…

1. Don’t waste time on crap that doesn’t work.

Most ‘quick fix’ weight loss solutions simply don’t work very well. Don’t waste your time trying to lose pounds with fat-burner pills, appetite suppressants, cheap infomercial gadgets, starvation diets, or unproven fad supplements (e.g. green coffee extract!).

Real weight loss comes only by combining smart exercise with a proper diet, often with some quality supplementation thrown in.

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