Hungry Runner

Running, Zumba, CrossFit, Pilates, Swimming and the list goes on. Whether it’s a small part of who you are or you live and breathe it every day, the fact that you even have a favorite exercise shows that you have passion and dedication and that you know fitness can be fun.

Kudos to you! You’re a workout warrior. Keep reading to find out what your favorite workout says about you

Achieving a flat stomach involves more than just exercising your abs!

If your goal is to sculpt a firm, flat stomach, first understand one thing: it involves more than just exercising your abs. These moves will help shape and build your abdominal muscles (increasing your core strength in the process), but if you want those muscles to be visible (think, six-pack ab style) then you’ll have to get rid of any extra fat around the area too.

That means you’ll need to implement a combination of cardio and strength training to create a total-body exercise routine. (Bonus points: most of these ab exercises work multiple muscle groups!) One of the most important things to understand about exercise and fat loss, is that you cannot “spot treat” certain areas.

Where your body chooses to store extra fat is highly based on your genetics. In the same sense, you can’t tell your body where to lose fat first. Ab exercises build your ab muscles, but they won’t specifically burn the fat surrounding the area.

So, in addition to including these eight epic ab exercises in your regular workout routine, be sure to incorporate other varied workouts so that you can build muscle and burn fat all over.

This list includes five innovative and highly effective ab exercises (I know they are because I tried them all) from Kelvin Gary, NASM certified personal trainer and owner of Body Space Fitness in New York City, as well as three of my own favorite core moves that I picked up while training and working with clients at various gyms.

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Tabata style interval training has been shown to elicit improvements in both cardiovascular and muscular fitness for exercisers who practice it regularly, which means it can help you speed up the process of getting fit.
Don’t think of it as a shortcut, because when it comes to getting fit and healthy there’s no such thing. Think of it more as a way to cut down your workout time by better concentrating your efforts. You still have to put in the work and it won’t be easy (nothing worth accomplishing ever is), but I can promise you that it will be worth it.
I chose this combination of exercises so that you could hit all of your major muscle groups (including your abs!) in just one workout. Oh yeah, and so that you’ll spike your heart rate up high and get a great calorie burn, too. After all, that’s the whole point of interval training. In terms of fitness, it gets you the best bang for your buck in a short amount of time.
Speaking of time, this particular work out happens to be just under 20 minutes long. Although I do strongly encourage you to spend 3 to 5 minutes warming up before you begin. Everything else you need to know including instructions for how to do each exercise is outlined below.
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Tabata style interval training has been shown to elicit improvements in both cardiovascular and muscular fitness for exercisers who practice it regularly, which means it can help you speed up the process of getting fit.

Don’t think of it as a shortcut, because when it comes to getting fit and healthy there’s no such thing. Think of it more as a way to cut down your workout time by better concentrating your efforts. You still have to put in the work and it won’t be easy (nothing worth accomplishing ever is), but I can promise you that it will be worth it.

I chose this combination of exercises so that you could hit all of your major muscle groups (including your abs!) in just one workout. Oh yeah, and so that you’ll spike your heart rate up high and get a great calorie burn, too. After all, that’s the whole point of interval training. In terms of fitness, it gets you the best bang for your buck in a short amount of time.

Speaking of time, this particular work out happens to be just under 20 minutes long. Although I do strongly encourage you to spend 3 to 5 minutes warming up before you begin. Everything else you need to know including instructions for how to do each exercise is outlined below.

Continue reading to get the workout!

I have this problem. Lately I’ve been a big fan of pressing the snooze button when my alarm goes off in the morning, especially if I’m not planning on running.

Maybe that sounds crazy, but if I don’t have the promise of an early morning run to look forward to, then I’m entirely less enticed to wake up early for a workout, and since up until very recently the weather had STILL been much less stellar, there hadn’t been many opportunities for running with the  sunrise.

That greatly amplified my snooze button problem. On non-run days I like to do bodyweight workouts before work, but for some reason on those days I’m not leaping out of bed the minute my alarm goes off. My thought process then is more like, “All I have to do is get dressed and roll out my mat, 9 more minutes of sleep won’t make a big difference.”

Only, when I repeat that process 3 times suddenly I’ve slept an extra half hour and the workout I had intended to last something like 45 minutes gets cut down to about 20, which is fine because something is better than nothing but more time for exercise is also better than less, especially when most of your day involves sitting at a desk.

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(Source: hungry-runner.com)

10 Ways to Upgrade Everyday Exercises
Here the foam roller creates an unsteady surface that adds increased challenge to the traditional push-up. Place one foam roller on either side of your body, about shoulder width distance apart. On all fours place one hand on each roller and slowly assume high plank position. Keeping your entire body in a straight line, slowly lower yourself down towards the floor. Return to the starting position. Repeat for 10-15 reps.
Click through to see 9 more exercise upgrades!

10 Ways to Upgrade Everyday Exercises

Here the foam roller creates an unsteady surface that adds increased challenge to the traditional push-up. Place one foam roller on either side of your body, about shoulder width distance apart. On all fours place one hand on each roller and slowly assume high plank position. Keeping your entire body in a straight line, slowly lower yourself down towards the floor. Return to the starting position. Repeat for 10-15 reps.

Click through to see 9 more exercise upgrades!

(Source: theactivetimes.com)

The 38 Best Bodyweight Resources Ever! 
Hungry Readers, this is really cool opportunity to grab 38 epic ebooks with more bodyweight exercises than you’ve ever seen in your ENTIRE LIFE and guess what? Every single workout is GREAT cross training for runners! (I know because I’ve seen all the ebooks, I’m a runner, and I cross train!)
I’m especially excited about this though, because these are all workouts that you can do at home WITHOUT ANY EQUIPMENT, which you all know is totally my style.
PLUS if you buy it by clicking here (or the link above) you’ll be supporting Hungry Runner! Click through to check it out and leave me a comment to let me know if you end up adding this to your workout routine ;)

The 38 Best Bodyweight Resources Ever!

Hungry Readers, this is really cool opportunity to grab 38 epic ebooks with more bodyweight exercises than you’ve ever seen in your ENTIRE LIFE and guess what? Every single workout is GREAT cross training for runners! (I know because I’ve seen all the ebooks, I’m a runner, and I cross train!)

I’m especially excited about this though, because these are all workouts that you can do at home WITHOUT ANY EQUIPMENT, which you all know is totally my style.

PLUS if you buy it by clicking here (or the link above) you’ll be supporting Hungry Runner! Click through to check it out and leave me a comment to let me know if you end up adding this to your workout routine ;)

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