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Is having a six pack a symbol of being fit ? The answer is NO.



Whether you are flipping through the magazine or conversing at the gym, six pack abs happen to toggle into every fitness aim these days. But is it really worth working hard for? six pack abs are overrated and there are healthier ways to get a well defined, muscular body. Not only are they unnatural and unrealistic, they can also be unhealthy. Confused as to how toning up could be bad? This is because to get those abs of steel, you need to maintain a strenuous workout that focuses largely on your belly muscles, while other muscle groups could be ignored in the process. What most people do not realize is that getting six pack abs requires an unnaturally low body-fat percentage, which is what makes those ripped muscles show. To achieve such a low body fat percentage, one needs to follow a very strict diet and workout routine. That means hours on end spent at the gym, along with a virtually non-existent social life – because eating or drinking out is a strict no-no. But that’s not the worst thing; in reality, a healthy body fat percentage is vital for good health.



What you need to know about Six Pack Abs-

To attain six pack abs, one needs to have less than 10% body fat. However, for a healthy body, doctors recommend no lesser than 10-15% body fat for men and 16-20% body fat for women. Lower fat levels in the body can have adverse effects on your body including: Reduced bladder control, Irregular bowel function, Hormone imbalance, Weaker immune system, Muscle aches and pains, followed by Inadequate cushioning around joints and organs, which increases the risk of injury and Increased fatigue, tiredness and mood swings. It is extremely important to remember that over-doing your workout routine or religiously following the six pack diet because this can result in cramps, muscle sprain and strain, and bursitis – muscle injuries that could be dangerous.

One of the most common misconceptions is that, six pack abs symbolises great health. It's completely false. You can be extremely strong and healthy and yet have a layer of fat covering your six pack. This so called standard of health is simply illusory. When you look at someone with ripped muscles and defined abs, the assumption that they must be healthy follows such an observation. But outward appearances only tell part of the story. Restricting important calories and only focusing on ab exercises to achieve the low body fat percentage in order show off the six pack can result to a lot of problems, including hormonal imbalances that cause skipped-periods, hypothyroidism, severe anxiety, and severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS). No matter how great six pack abs may look on the models you see on the billboards, they just aren’t worth it.

It’s best to aim for a flat stomach from healthy living rather than going to extremes that do your body much more harm than good. Cosmetics and beauty are naturally one of the most common reasons why we work on our fitness. But go ahead and challenge yourself to ask “why” again. Why let materialistic standards define our fitness goals? Instead, shift your focus towards mindfulness and holistic well being. A strong core is a solid goal, but, maintaining and improving your strength is a worthier motivation for a workout than achieving a certain aesthetic. One of the most important things to make a note of is- setting a fruitful mindset and working towards your goal patiently. Thus, Do what is achievable within your abilities, which supports you to lead a happy fulfilled lifestyle.

Six Pack Abs- Symbol of Real Fitness?

Whether you are flipping through the magazine or conversing at the gym, six pack abs happen to toggle into every fitness aim these days. But is it really worth working hard for? six pack abs are overrated and there are healthier ways to get a well defined, muscular body. Not only are they unnatural and unrealistic, they can also be unhealthy. Confused as to how toning up could be bad? This is because to get those abs of steel, you need to maintain a strenuous workout that focuses largely on your belly muscles, while other muscle groups could be ignored in the process. What most people do not realize is that getting six pack abs requires an unnaturally low body-fat percentage, which is what makes those ripped muscles show. To achieve such a low body fat percentage, one needs to follow a very strict diet and workout routine. That means hours on end spent at the gym, along with a virtually non-existent social life – because eating or drinking out is a strict no-no. But that’s not the worst thing; in reality, a healthy body fat percentage is vital for good health.


What you need to know about Six Pack Abs-

To attain six pack abs, one needs to have less than 10% body fat. However, for a healthy body, doctors recommend no lesser than 10-15% body fat for men and 16-20% body fat for women. Lower fat levels in the body can have adverse effects on your body including: Reduced bladder control, Irregular bowel function, Hormone imbalance, Weaker immune system, Muscle aches and pains, followed by Inadequate cushioning around joints and organs, which increases the risk of injury and Increased fatigue, tiredness and mood swings. It is extremely important to remember that over-doing your workout routine or religiously following the six pack diet because this can result in cramps, muscle sprain and strain, and bursitis – muscle injuries that could be dangerous.


One of the most common misconceptions is that, six pack abs symbolises great health. It's completely false. You can be extremely strong and healthy and yet have a layer of fat covering your six pack. This so called standard of health is simply illusory. When you look at someone with ripped muscles and defined abs, the assumption that they must be healthy follows such an observation. But outward appearances only tell part of the story. Restricting important calories and only focusing on ab exercises to achieve the low body fat percentage in order show off the six pack can result to a lot of problems, including hormonal imbalances that cause skipped-periods, hypothyroidism, severe anxiety, and severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS). No matter how great six pack abs may look on the models you see on the billboards, they just aren’t worth it.


It’s best to aim for a flat stomach from healthy living rather than going to extremes that do your body much more harm than good. Cosmetics and beauty are naturally one of the most common reasons why we work on our fitness. But go ahead and challenge yourself to ask “why” again. Why let materialistic standards define our fitness goals? Instead, shift your focus towards mindfulness and holistic well being. A strong core is a solid goal, but, maintaining and improving your strength is a worthier motivation for a workout than achieving a certain aesthetic. One of the most important things to make a note of is- setting a fruitful mindset and working towards your goal patiently. Thus, Do what is achievable within your abilities, which supports you to lead a happy fulfilled lifestyle.

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