Monthly Archives: May 2013

Why don’t my abs show even though I do lots of sit-ups/crunches?!?!?!

You hear this situation a lot. Someone decides that they finally want that six pack to show. They decided it was go time. It was time show the world that their abs had just been shy their whole life. Well, to abs everwhere, I say, SHOW YOURSELVES!!

So, what do most people do, in order to achieve this? They do 869767587698 crunches every day. Because, that’s what it takes to get ripped abs, right? Crunches and sit ups work your abs, so if you want awesome abs, sit ups are the way to go, right?

No. Not right, ma’am or sir.

I am not a certified personal trainer nor do I have a background in exercise biology. HOWEVER. Let me explain why wanting your abs to look awesome and, sit ups, don’t make much sense to be in the same sentence. Unless, of course, the sentence is, what is something I can spend lots of time on that won’t get me much closer to revealing my 24 pack to the world? (24 pack. That’s like, 4 six packs. I figured if one six pack is awesome…)

When thinking about getting a flatter stomach, or showing your “abs” a bit, one needs to shake up how they think about the situation. Instead of trying to do a million crunches to make their abs pop out, think of it in the opposite way. Work on getting your abs to show by losing all the fluffyness that covers them. THAT is the key to showing your abbies (“abbies”, it’s all the rage these days, instead of calling them “abs”).

Okay, prepare yourself for the metaphor of the year. Think of this point like a kiddy pool full of jello. It would be tough to force the bottom of the pool up from the inside, so that you could see it. It makes more sense to melt the jello away so that you can then see the bottom of the kiddy pool.

By cutting back on the calories, eating a more balanced diet and upping the exercise, you make it much more likely for your abbies to reveal themselves to the world, in all of their glory. Eat a cleaner diet, rich in fiber, protein, healthy fats etc and you will be doing much more for the cause, than doing crunches.

As far as the exercise part of it all, peep game, son. “Peep game.” I figured I would get all slang on you all, so that I sound like I have more street cred. The thing about crunches is that they don’t burn all that many calories. They really won’t do much, relatively, in the journey to making your abs show. Remember, we want them to show, more so than making them “pop.” Once your body fat percentage is low enough to where your abs are showing, THEN you can worry about making them pop. One thing at a time, my friend. Patience. Patienceeee. Doing exercises that burn more calories and require more effort are going to be the types of exercises that will help out the most. The usual suspects, compound exercises, will help you much more in this department. As far as cardio, high intensity interval training will burn a great more deal of calories in a shorter amount of time than walking on the treadmill and texting your friends about how you are working out right now. What is high intensity interval training? Look it up, champ! In short, it is short bursts of high intensity/effort cardio, followed by a bit of rest, then, repeat.

That’s pretty much it. It’s not that crunches/sit ups are totally worthless, it’s just that with this type of goal, you can better spend your time.

Remember:

It’s more about revealing or allowing your abs to show, than to force them to the surface through all the nutrition fail you have allowed over the years.

Once you adjust your way of thinking, a flatter stomach is much closer than before.

How to get rid of headaches

My best headache face. I might quit everything and become a headache model.

Headaches are not the cat’s pajamas. Headaches are not the bees knees. Headaches are poopie faces!!! They hurt, they are annoying and they make it difficult to get through the day. How are they caused and how do we get rid of them? I’ll share what I have learned and things I have tried. I am not trying to be doctor. I am not prescribing care. Just sharing information that may be helpful to know so that you can continue to do your own specific research.

Most headaches are caused by tight muscles in your neck/shoulder/jaw area. These types of headaches are often referred to as “tension headaches.” Many times tension headaches are caused when we are stressed about something, depressed or anxious. This make sense because these things can all lead to tight muscles  around our shoulder/neck/jaw area. Also, getting little sleep, working too much, and going a lot time without eating, can all contribute to getting an ouchy in your head. Tension headaches feel like pressure or a squeezing sensation in your head. They can start in the back of your head and move forward.

Sinus headaches are felt  in the front of your head and face. They are caused because the sinus passages behind your nose, eyes and cheeks become inflamed. When you lean forward, the pain can intensify.

Migraines are severe headaches that can bring with them trouble seeing, nausea, and sensitivity to light. You can feel a throbbing sensation, pounding or pulsating in your head.

Yes, we all know we can take medication to help with the pain. But, what if we don’t want to take pills? There are more natural remedies I have found and I would like to share them with my FM friends.

  • Often, headaches can come about from not drinking enough water/fluids throughout the day. Does your head hurt? Have you been drinking water today? No? Then drink up, partner!
  • A massage can be a big help. A massage on your scalp can be very relaxing and help relieve some times of headaches. Also, since tension headaches are caused by, well, tension, releasing that tension through a massage on your shoulders and neck can be a big help.
  • Taking a nice nap in a dark room can really help. Looking at your tv, computer screen or phone can make it worse. Turn everything off and take a nice nap!
  • Apply an ice pack or frozen packaged food (if you don’t have an ice pack) to the painful area in your head or base of the back of your neck. If you do use something frozen, wrap it in a paper towel or light towel.
  • Take a warm shower.
  • Try enlisting the help of pressure points. With your index and thumb finger, pinch the meaty area of your opposite hand between the index and thumb. Squeeze hard enough to where there is slight pain/discomfort for about 20 seconds. While doing this, breath in and out, slowly. Now, repeat on your other hand. Try this a few times with each hand. It may just work.

For specific treatment for specific types of headaches, check with your doctor. Also, if you have severe pain and/or headaches often, please see your doctor. Whenever something doesn’t seem right, or feels out of the ordinary, it’s always good to get checked out. These are just a few ideas to try for the occasional headache when we feel like it might not be necessary to see a doctor or to take any medication.

What remedies have worked for you? Leave a comment so we can try it too!

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