Exercise for the Transversus Abdominis
(AKA the muscle that pulls in the ring of your waist)
One area of your abs you may be neglecting is the transversus abdominus - without working it, you run the risk of developing a square torso (straight up and down) rather than an hourglass one (tapered at the waist). Here’s what you can do along with your usual ab workout:
- Get on all fours, back straight, looking down.
- Exhale completely, then hold your breath.
- Pull your belly toward your spine (“suck in”) as hard as possible for 10 seconds, while continuing to hold your breath.
- Inhale. Take a few breaths, then repeat 10 times.
Later, you’ll probably feel as though you’d been laughing at something REALLY funny. That’s because you worked those same muscles. Enjoy!
new year, new challenge?
We can do this guys! Join me?
This looks crazy… Sounds just about right to me.
Oh my god I’ll try
Stand Up For Flat Abs- Women’s Health
And then I started loving those days spent at the ice rink, those nights spent dancing, and I started loving to take the stairs. I so want to do Boxing…
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Do’s and Don’ts of a Successful Fitness Plan
- Write down your fitness goals. You’re more likely to stick with a program once you have set some specific goals.
- Always strive to eat a well balanced diet that includes ample servings of vegetables and fruit.
- Break down your meals so you are eating several mini meals per day.
- Assess your current fitness level before starting an exercise program. By doing so, you’ll be able to establish goals that meet your specific fitness needs.
- Consider talking with your health care provider before embarking on a fitness program, particularly if you are struggling with a health condition such as diabetes or obesity.
- Supplement your diet with essential fatty acids. You can do this by eating two servings of fish per week.
- Choose alternatives to satisfy your cravings when possible. Consider frozen fruit over ice cream or opt for a mini chocolate instead of the whole candy bar.
- Always warm up before and stretch after your exercise routine.
- Don’t overdo it! Try doing too much at once and you’ll burn out swiftly. Slowly increase the intensity of your workouts.
- Diversify your workout routine. If you do the same exercises day after day, you’ll quickly tire and are more likely to skip workouts.
- Work out with a friend. You’ll help motivate each other.
- Keep healthy snacks available at all times. You’re less likely to grab junk food if something good for you is readily available.
- Over-train. Your body needs time to recover in between workouts.
- Skip breakfast. Eating breakfast will jump start your metabolism and provide you with the energy you need to get through the day.
- Skip stretching.
- Skimp on sleep.
- Set unrealistic goals. A healthy rate of weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week. If you have 50 pounds to lose, don’t expect it to come off overnight, you’ll set yourself up for disappointment.
- Compare your successes and failures to others. Everyone is unique, and what works for some may not work for others.
- Work out randomly. Work out regularly to maximize the benefits you’ll reap from a consistent fitness routine.
- Give up. Consider talking with a friend in times of discouragement.
- Forget to reward yourself on occasion.