4. Improve posture by gaining awareness as well as with full-body strengthening
The average person walking around has poor posture.
If you improve your posture, it makes you look taller, slimmer, and younger! Good posture can easily make you look 10 pounds thinner. Having good posture also helps flatten your stomach. You see, when you slouch, your shoulders and lower abdominals lean forward and your pelvis tips backward. This makes the natural curve in your spine more pronounced. Having poor posture can also lead to contipation, which is another common cause of a poochy stomach.
Part of improving posture is simply about becoming aware of it.
You need to think about how you are holding your body when you are sitting and standing, not just while you are exercising. Try to maintain a slight tension in your lower abdominals when you stand. You can accomplish this by thinking about coming tall through the crown of your head. This will become second nature over time.
Also, following a balanced strength training routine helps improve posture.
Be sure to include a bent-over row, and perhaps a rear-delt fly. Deadlifts are also extremely important for posture. These exercises all exercise the back, which is an area that needs work for most people. Why?
If the muscles in the front of your body (such as your chest) are stronger than the muscles in the back of the body, you will be inclined to slouch.
Almost everybody performs more movements in their daily routine with the arms in front of the body (think: washing dishes, typing, driving, carrying things). This leads to an imbalance in the muscles that can be corrected with a properly designed exercise program. Go here for information about our Home Workout Program Design Service.
If you have a tendency to slouch, you should perform more exercises for the back of your body than you do for the front at least until your back is as strong as your front.
You have thought that all you need are stomach fat workouts at home, but by now you know better! If you are serious about achieving a flat, sexy stomach, don't fall for the myths! Keep reading to learn the quickest and most effective way to tone and firm the abs and, most importantly, get rid of your excess tummy for good!
Myths about the results you can get from stomach fat workouts at home
We can teach you why stomach fat workouts at home are overrated when it comes to a flat midsection.
MYTH #1. There is really no way to target just the "lower" abs.
Your "six pack" muscles run from the pelvis to the ribcage, and work as a unit. You can, however, initiate
a contraction of your abs from the upper, lower, or side portion of the abdominals. Still, it is more important to supply a strong resistance to the abdominal region overall than it is to initiate from the specific part you'd like to target. For example, if you perform crunches with a 10-pound weight held behind your head for 15 reps, you will apply a strong resistance to all of your abs, including your lower stomach. The move will initiate from the upper abs, but your lower abs will still have to work very hard. However, if you perform a reverse crunch with no added weight for 15 reps, while that movement DOES initiate from the lower stomach, the total resistance applied to the abs is less and you will get an inferior workout for your lower abs.
MYTH #2. You can't pick where you lose bodyfat when you perform stomach fat workouts at home.
Especially for women, fat lying over the lower abdominal area is usually the very last to go. The first place fat came on you is the last place
it will leave. The excess weight WILL come off eventually if you continue to reduce your overall bodyfat levels - but not if you simply do more and more stomach workouts while doing nothing to reduce your overall bodyfat levels.
MYTH #3. You always need to do more stomach if you have a poochy tummy.
If you are exercising your abs and reducing overall bodyfat levels according to the recommendations and STILL are not happy, start addressing your posture, your fiber intake, your intake of sugar alcohols, your intake of carbonated beverages, and possible food allergies before you add ANOTHER set of ab exercises to your workout routine. And if you're not performing a full-body weight lifting routine as well as cardio, what are you waiting for - get to it! Following a lower-carb diet can also help reduce bloating in the tummy.
Need help coming up with an exercise routine that gets results?
Once you finally get your stomach in order, your confidence will really soar!
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