Exercises to Strengthen Stomach

Having a nice, strong stomach goes beyond the looks. This section is the “core” of your body and influences your posture and your performance in different sports.

Unlike many people think, the exercises to strengthen the stomach are not about crunches and fancy machines. Instead, I have found that a key component to adding strength to your stomach is through the practice of isometric exercises, and the great thing about them is that you only require your own body weight!

Isometric exercises to strengthen the stomach are widely used in Pilates and Yoga, let’s take a look at a couple of them we can add to our daily routine:

The Plank. This is a very simple and yet challenging stomach exercise. To do it, you lie on the floor face down and using only your toes and palms as support. This posture is like the initial posture of a push-up. Alternatively you can use your elbows and forearms instead of your palms.

This posture must be held for 30 seconds to a minute. The trick is to make your body look like a plank: straight from your heels to your head. Do this exercises everyday with 3 repetitions to start.

The Vacuum. This is an exercise that will work the inner muscles on your stomach: the abdominal transverse muscles. To perform it just tuck in your stomach while you breathe out, holding it to the max for 20 seconds (breath in small bursts to avoid losing the contraction), then release and repeat 3 times to start, just like with the plank.

These two exercises will help you strength the core area of your body, but you have to be consistent. In the short term, these exercises will also make you look slimmer, since they will leave your stomach muscles contracted. Just take a look at yourself in the mirror after doing your plank session.

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