Dec 4th, 2013 by Kathryn Merrow
Would you like to have a stronger, flatter belly?
I’ll show you how. You can strengthen your “stomach muscles” most easily if you lie on your back.
You have 4 layers of muscles on your abdomen and they go in 4 different directions–crosswise, vertical and at angles to your midline. You may find, over time, that you can isolate the different layers. Some are more toward the side, some more toward the midline.
What are the benefits of strong stomach muscles?
You have probably heard of core training? That means making the muscles of your torso strong so you can stay upright and not collapse forward or sideways. When you have strong abdominal muscles, your posture will be better.
You will feel better and look better and better posture means less back pain, neck pain and head pain.
Your muscles will be holding you in the posture you were designed to be in!
The idea is to squeeze or draw your belly button inward toward your spine. Make your belly move toward the bed or floor as you lay on your back. Squeeze, squeeze.
If you do this with your arms overhead, the abdominal muscles are lengthened as they become stronger. That’s what we want: long and strong!
Some of the movements this expert does may seem very strange to you, but I assure you that you have the same muscles he does. It’s just that his are well-trained from years of practice.
Watch as he pulls his stomach muscles in toward his spine. He does this several times in the first few minutes of the video. This is the movement you want to do–even a tiny bit–and over time your muscles will get stronger
And you will have stronger abdominal muscles, too!