Here’s an easy way to strengthen your abdominal muscles.
I learned this from a physical therapist. The easiest way to strengthen your abdominals is not to do crunches or sit ups.
I don’t like crunches or sit ups for a few different reasons and sometimes they can actually cause back pain.
The easiest way is to simply pull in your stomach!
And did you know that you can pull in the lower abdominals or the upper abdominals? Or all of your stomach muscles?
And if you pay attention, you can even contract the muscles that run on the sides of your belly.
You see, you have layers of muscle that run lengthwise, sideways and also cross-ways on your abdomen.
If you have forgotten how to pull or suck in your belly, the easiest way to remember is to lay on your back. That way gravity can help a bit. And then just “pull” or move your tummy toward your spine.
You might even feel the muscles getting tired from this simple movement. That’s okay.
Muscles like to move! That’s their job.
And since you want muscles that are both long and strong, while you are holding in your stomach muscles, stretch. Lift your arms over your head or lift your breastbone.
This will help make your abdominal muscles long and strong. Long, strong stomach muscles will help you look better and feel better, too.