With stimulating ab belts popping up in the media on a daily basis, there is no doubt you’ve considered buying one and using it. If you’re considering an investment, know that the Flex Belt is the highest rated ab belt you can buy. Technically, it is the next generation of the Slendertone series and three additional training programs are included. Make sure to check with your local fitness stores because you may be able to trial run a belt or two. Either way, here are a few tips and instructions to using a Flex Ab Belt.
First, it’s important to understand how an electronic flex ab belt works. Surprisingly enough, electronic muscle stimulation is currently used in medical facilities for physical rehabilitation. For example, if you had a casted limb, electrons would stimulate the muscle enough to keep it from atrophying, or wasting away.
Unfortunately, electronic Flex Ab Belts do not build enough muscle simply resting in a chair, it needs to be paired with a healthy diet and exercise. So, if you were sitting in a chair with your Flex Ab Belt on, make sure you do leg lifts or shoulder rolls in addition to the belt. This will teach your body to use your core more often, thus increasing muscle building.
Additionally, it is important to incorporate regular, intense exercise and a healthy diet to burn the fat on your abdominal area. If you’re able to pair the right foods with the right exercise, you’re sure to be on track to shed the pounds you want.
Many think that exercise is synonymous with “jogging,” well, think again! There are thousands of different activities that will get your heart rate up to a high enough level to burn your fat stores.* The number of activities is limitless because it is all about heart rate, and, if you’re creative or just sick and tired of the “regular routine,” you can come up with your own exercises (i.e. yard work, lunge-walks, water polo, etc.). Always switch it up and incorporate strength training with your Flex Ab Belt, too.
Eat low-fat, nutrient dense foods so your body has fuel to get your through your workouts and not add to your fat count. Keeping track of your daily calories and eating several small meals throughout the day instead of a few large ones will increase your metabolism and help you achieve your healthy weight.
Now that we’ve gone over the basics, unpack your ab belt and follow the installation manual (simply sliding three pads into their cases and installing batteries). Now, make sure to respect the safety advisory and set all controls to zero. Use some sort of lubricant at first as a safety measure (petroleum jelly should work just fine). Start it off at a minimum level, and slowly work up to what is comfortable. Do not crank it up to its maximum level right away because you can injure yourself. Good luck with your endeavors and contact the manufacturers if you suspect any defects.
*Find your Target Heart Rate by subtracting your age from 220 then multiplying it by 60-70%.