Five top tips to tighten that tummy!

tight jeansIs your waistband feeling a little tight for comfort? Do you lack the time and motivation to do something about it but can’t bear the thought of having to go up another clothes size? Why not incorporate some abs work into your daily routine.

Here are five tummy tighteners you can execute on the go:

1. Transform your train or bus commute by avoiding the battle for a seat. Standing rather than sitting will give your abs a great workout. Hold onto a handrail for safety and each time the train or bus brakes or turns, brace your deep stomach muscles to keep yourself stable. This is a safer and far more functional workout than endless ab crunches at the gym.

2. Queuing can be such a bore. Instead use that time to work the deep core muscles that help stabilize the lower part of your spine and pelvic area. As you’re waiting stand up straight and gently draw your tummy button in towards your spine. Hold for 10 seconds and then release. Don’t hold your breath but continue to breathe normally throughout the exercise and keep repeating for as long as you’re stuck in the queue.

3. Use time sat on planes as an opportunity to give your oblique abs a mini workout. To activate those muscles simply lift your right hip off the seat, hold for five seconds and lower. Repeat the same movement with your left hip.

4. Don’t underestimate what you can achieve at your desk simply by sitting up straight. When you sit up straight in your chair with your shoulders back and feet flat on the floor you’re much more likely to engage your abs. Start with five minute bursts each day and gradually extend those periods of time until you find you’re sitting up straight the whole day.

5. How much time do you spend stuck in traffic jams? You can use that time to work on your tummy too! Place your hands against the roof of your car, push up with your arms and squeeze your abs at the same time. Hold that position for 10 seconds and then release. Repeat for as long as you’re stuck in traffic. You can increase the difficulty by lifting your feet a few inches off the floor as you push into the roof.

Strengthening your core isn’t just about looking good on the beach it also trains the muscles around your trunk and pelvis to work in harmony and reduces the risk of lower back pain. If you want to avoid going up a clothes size and you’re serious about investing in your long term health make a start on incorporating some core exercises into your everyday life today.

About the author

Julie Dennis is a weight loss specialist for women over 40 and through menopause. She is WATC's new fitness and health blogger. Follow Julie’s blog or visit: www.juliedennis.net.

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