Fitness: more than a six-pack

I often meet people hungry for a six-pack stomach.

Almost always they’re frustrated they aren’t seeing the results they crave, despite cranking out countless crunches.

If you want a six-pack, it’s no use just doing loads of sit-ups. No matter how strong your abs are, if they’re hidden away under a layer of blubber you still won’t see them.

The only way to get that level of muscle definition is high intensity cardio and weight training to lose that tubby tummy. And you’ll have to watch what you eat like a hawk.

Genetics also plays a role – some people naturally store fat around their stomach.

If this sounds like you, but you crave a six-pack, the only answer is hard graft down the gym and a strict nutritional plan.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting a nice set of abs, but I think it’s important to remember there’s more to fitness than what your stomach looks like.

Don’t fall into the trap of comparing yourself to celebs and models with toned tummies. They don’t sit in an office all day – it’s a full-time job to look like that.

Fitness isn’t about living up to social stereotypes. It’s not about feeling guilty because you don’t look like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie.

It’s about making you feel good in your own skin. It’s about your health, your wellbeing, your happiness.

The pressure put on people to look a certain way can mean they give up before they’ve even started.

They see exercise as a foreboding fortress and don’t dare to lift the drawbridge.

However, fitness isn’t the exclusive domain of models or elite athletes. It’s for people of all shapes and sizes and all ability levels.

Forget how fast the person next to you is running, or what the grunting guy in the corner is lifting.

The great thing about exercise is there’s no competition against others. It’s you versus you.

See how fast you can run, what weights you can lift and forget about everybody else.

Concentrate on staying fit and healthy for yourself because, as the L’Oréal advert goes, you’re worth it.

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