Q&A: How can I get six pack abs without exercising?

This week, I wanted to take some time to answer a question I got from a friend of mine. And that is: how can I get six pack abs without exercising? I decided to answer this question on Facebook Live this morning, and recorded it for your reference for later. You can find the full video here. If you are unable to watch the video right now, simply check out all the details below.

Q: How can I get six pack abs without exercising?

A: I am just going to jump right in and start by being really transparent.

Is getting six pack abs without exercising possible? Absolutely. Especially if it is something you really, really want.

That being said, you will need to spend a lot of time fine tuning your nutrition. And quite honestly, to reach those goals it would probably require a good amount of food restriction and strict dieting. And as a trainer and coach, I will tell you right now that personally, that would make me feel very uncomfortable.

My goal as a coach is to help my clients develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.

If your goals are purely aesthetic, I’m probably not going to be your girl.

Of course, I work with my clients to lose weight, gain muscle, etc. But I really like goals that act as little pitstops along the way to a longer health & fitness journey. So, something like being able to do 5 push ups, or a pull up. Ditching fast food completely. Goals that we can work up to, but still align with the greater goal, which is to build healthy habits that last a lifetime.

So if you wanted to start losing weight and defining your abs, I would suggest a few things:

  • Ditching fast food & processed foods
  • Eat more fruits and veggies
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Get plenty of movement in throughout your day

I do believe the biggest dial mover when it comes to losing weight and feeling great does come from what you eat. Like anything though, there still needs to be a balance. Movement is still key. It is so important that we stay as active as we can.

If you cannot exercise due to an injury or health condition, I would challenge you to find ways to incorporate movement into your life despite these things. Depending on your situation, that may mean adding long walks into your daily routine, swimming instead of running, incorporating balance training to help strengthen your core.

There are so many people out there who work around these issues. I work with cancer patients, amputees, new moms whose bodies have completely changed. There are almost always ways to incorporate movement into your life. It’s just a matter of finding what works for you.

There is absolutely no magic pill. You have to take action and you have to get consistent to reach your goals.

Start by building healthy habits one at a time. Focusing on one area that needs some work, and really zoning in. Get consistent with it to the point where it becomes second nature.

If you want help ditching bad habits, or creating healthy new ones, please let me know. I love that kind of stuff! I also have a blog post I wrote a few years ago on ditching my Starbucks habit & creating a new habit to replace it. You can find it here.

Otherwise, let me know if you have any questions!

Until next time!


Zoe Lauryn

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