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Tips For Men: Getting Six-Pack Abs After 40

man with absMost men, regardless of age, are confused about what they need to do to get in shape. This is particularly true among older (40+) men looking to get that coveted “shredded” look where their ab muscles are clearly defined and basically fat free. This well defined look is commonly referred to as “having 6-pack abs” or “having a ripped 6 pack”.

Why all the confusion? Well, there have been countless TV infomercials and the like which have tricked guys into thinking that simple by watching some DVDs and jumping around in their living rooms that they can get get all ripped up, so that is definitely a factor. Then there are also tons of ads for different fat burning supplements, and other types of nutritional supplements that promise to assist in weight loss and muscle development. Between the pills, powders, potions and over-hyped exercise programs, there is no wonder why so many are unsure about what it truly takes to get visible abs.

Also, a lot of older guys are still under the impression that they can target the fat on their abs and blast it off by doing sit-up and exercises like that which focus squarely on the abs. If you are still under this impression then I am sorry to break it to you, but exercise programs that are limited to abdominal crunches and sit-ups are not likely to get you the abs that you want. Sure, these exercises can potentially strengthen your core, and you may succeed in tightening your abdomen a bit but don’t count on such a limited type of work out to give you the six-pack that you are after.

Before I go on I should state that I am not a doctor of health professional, that nothing on this website should be taken as medical or health advice (or advice of any kind) and that you should always consult with your doctor or another qualified health professional if you believe you have a health issue. As be sure to consult a doctor before starting or stopping any medication, supplementation regime, diet or exercise plan. With that out of the way let’s continue…

As I see it, the only sure-fire way to get six-pack abs requires a mix of several regimens (that you need to discuss with a doctor before trying). What are these regimes? Here’s a brief overview:

First – You have to cut down on your calorie intake to lose unsightly fat. The idea being to create a caloric deficit that will force your body to burn fat for energy.

Second – You have to eat the right type of food to give you energy for your work-outs, and the nutritional building blocks to develop muscle, particularly in the abdominal region.

Third – You have to get a good deal of intense exercise. If you want to get six-pack abs, you have to work hard for them. Sorry to break it to you, but you will have to spend multiple hours every week doing exercises like cardio training and weight lifting that will boost your metabolism and reduce fat every where on your body, including your abdominal region. Yes, you read that correctly, in order to get a 6 pack you will need to include an aerobic routine to lose weight and fat, and weight training for muscle development.

Finally while it pays to get a personal trainer, especially in the beginning to get you on the right track, this is not necessary if you can’t afford it. While a good trainer can potentially design a program of exercises for you at specifically target your abs the sad truth is that many trainers don’t really know as much as they think they do, and can end up actually up just adding to your confusion. Instead you may want to seek out a “six-pack expert” to help you get all your duck in a row when it comes to your abdominals.


How To Pick The Best Athletic Shoes For Dudes

althletic guy boxingFinding the best athletic shoes can be tough for a guy, but it can also be one of the best things that you can do, not only your foot health but also your performance. The key to finding the best shoes is going to come down to several factors. After all there are a tons of different options out there, and the quality can range very widely. Considering how much a new pair of athletic shoes can cost these days it certainly makes sense to invest wisely and make sure that you get a pair that will serve you well for as long of a time as possible. Below, we will go over some of the main factors that I have identified that I feel will give you the best idea of what to get. I think you should strongly consider these things when you  go into the marketplace looking for some new kicks.

How To Go About Finding The Best Athletic Shoes For A Man:

1. Ask yourself what you want the shoes for exactly…

The first thing that you are going to want to do is determine what you need the shoes for. Are the shoes going to be for running primarily? Are the shoes going to be for basketball? Are you getting the shoes for cross training purposes? Or do you simply need versatile shoes that are going to be able to be comfort and work well in a variety of scenarios?

This is the main thing that you are going to want to figure out because you need to know what kind of athletic shoes you should be looking at. Depending on what you are going to be using the shoes for, you will find that the various types will suit needs much better than others. For instance, if you are looking for shoes to play basketball, you will want to opt for basketball shoes which typically have much more ankle support than say running shoes.

2. Are they comfortable?

Another thing that you are going to want to do is make sure that you find a good pair of shoes that are comfortable. Whenever you are looking for any kind of shoes whether you are talking athletic or not, you want to make sure that they are as comfortable as you want them to be. Comfort is very important when looking and considering shoes because you are going to be wearing them a lot. This will likely require you to at the very least try them on.

3. Ask yourself – is this brand known for reliability?

Another thing that you are going to want to do is make sure that you purchase your shoes from a brand that knows what they are doing. You want to buy your shoes from a brand that is well known for making solid shoes in your respective category whether you are looking for running shoes and/or basketball shoes. Also, you want to be sure that the brand has a good warranty in place in case anything happens to your shoes while you are wearing and/or using them. A good brand will always have a solid warranty on their athletic shoes. If you haven’t got a lot of experience wearing different brands of athletic shoes then you might want to ask one of the guys who works in the shoe store who seems athletic. Or in the case that you are buying online then you should just read the reviews on Amazon or a site like that.

How To Pick Out The Best Home Exercise Equipment

Man and woman exercising togetherAs we all know, working out at home has a lot of attractive advantages. For one, you are going to be able to effectively save a lot of time in the long run. Not only are you going to be able to work out for a longer period of time, but you are also going to be able to work out a lot harder because you donít have to travel to and from the gym.

That said, if you are considering exercising at home, you will need to be sure that you find the right kind of equipment for your needs. In this article, we will be going over some of the top things that you should consider when you are looking for the best home exercise gear.

Tips For Finding The Best Exercise Equipment:

1. Think about what kind of workouts you want to do from home.

The first thing that you are going to want to do is look at what type of workouts you want to start doing in the convenience of your own home. You want to make sure that you are investing in equipment that you are going to be able to actually utilize the way that you want to. Be sure to check out the equipment thoroughly before you buy to ensure that the equipment can perform the workouts you intend on performing. Once you start looking you should be able to easily find the right piece of equipment for your needs.

2. Measure your workout area.

Another important thing to consider when you are attempting to find a nice piece of equipment to purchase is the size of the equipment. You want to make sure that you are choosing equipment that is the right size because you are going to be placing it somewhere in your home, and you want to be sure that it fits. You might even want to find equipment that is going to be relatively easy to tuck away in case you need to when you are not using it. Therefore, portability might come into play.

3. Pick a trusted brand.

Another thing that you should always look at and consider when investing in workout equipment is the brand in question. The brand is something that you are going to want to consider looking at because you want to make sure that you are able to find a brand that has a good track record and a great warranty in place. When dealing with something with a lot of moving parts, there are a lot of areas for the equipment to fail and/or stop working. Therefore, you want to be sure that you are completely covered with the manufacturers warranty. One good way to investigate a brand is to ask people you know who may have experience buying that brand. You can also look it up on Facebook and try to find some reviews.