We are searching data for your request:
Upon completion, a link will appear to access the found materials.
If you are lucky enough and disciplined enough to be the proud owner of six-pack abs, the immediate visual advantages of these rippling muscles will not have escaped you. Outside of the obvious, though, a toned six-pack also has other, more subtle advantages, so it is well-worth the pain of planks and sit-ups.
The abs are part of the core, which refers to the muscles in the center of the body. These muscles help stabilize the body during movement -- sculpted abs can therefore help improve your balance. The Mayo Clinic notes that this can give you an advantage in sports, but more importantly, it helps make everyday movements easier and improves your posture.
Better Sporting Performance
Many sports require the body to use the core muscles, and when abs are strong and ripped, the accompanying core muscles usually are too. A variety of sports use the core muscles -- ranging from racket sports to rowing -- so perfecting abs can boost your performance, according to Harvard Medical School.
Increased Basal Metabolic Rate
Everyone has abs, but as fat tends to collect over them, not everyone has visible abs. If you are male and have a six-pack, this means that you have only about 12 percent fat on your body, and women with six-packs have less than 18 percent fat. This low body fat and high lean muscle mass is relevant to your daily calorie burn. Muscle burns more calories at rest than fat, so your six-pack means that your basal metabolic rate (BMR), which simply means the calories you burn at rest every day, is higher than it would be if you had more body fat covering those abs.
Ripped abs are universally attractive, according to a 2006 report from ABC News. Both men and women rate a six-pack highly when it comes to sexual attraction, so it is one more weapon in your arsenal when it comes to the dating war. Jealousy can also be flattering to the ego of the person with the flat stomach, as abs are also the part of the body that most other people want to improve on themselves.