Have you ever heard of High Intensity Interval Training, also known as "HIT", and how it can be used to get a flat stomach and a six-pack? HIT is an exercise technique that can apply to when performing a cardiovascular activity. You may be used to the type of cardiovascular exercise that involves running, jogging, and biking in a steady pace. With HIT, instead of a steady pace and rate of effort, you vary the intensity level between a normal pace and then an maximum pace over a set amount of time. For example, HIT can be applied when you are running on the treadmill machine. After warming up for the first couple minutes, you are ready to begin your HIT routine. When you hit the 3 minute mark, for the next 30 seconds, run at a maximum pace until the 30 seconds are up. Once the 30 seconds are up, then for the next minute, jog at a steady and minimal effort pace. Then after that minute is up, run at maximum speed again for the next 30 seconds. Repeat this cycle 12 times, for a total cardiovascular workout that totals only 20 minutes. In 20 minutes you will have hated and burned off calories in the most efficient amount of time.
Forget about doing 1,000 crunches, sit-ups, or leg raises, if you have a layer of fat around your abdominal muscles. First, you need to burn off that fat in your midsection. As long as you have stomach fat, you will never see the results of those 1,000 sit-ups. So, remember to focus on performing cardiovascular first and then incorporated a few ab exercises, and try out the HIT technique in your next workout.