7 Steps to Losing Belly Fat Forever
The lesson reveals a flat stomach exercise tip.
Today's lesson is about stretching and posture. Stretching is the most neglected aspect of fitness programs, but flexibility in the legs, hips and spine is essential for a good core workout.
Stretching is the most neglected part of fitness routines, especially when the goal is to lose belly fat and get a flat stomach.
I think that stretching is the most neglected part of fitness routines because it's not so obvious how stretching can help you reach the goal of improving your mid-section.
It's rather obvious that weight training helps you to tone and cardio helps you to burn fat, but how does stretching help to improve your waistline.
Posture and Flexibility are 2 Ways Stretching Improves Your Waist
Let's talk about posture first.
Prolonged sitting, especially in front of a computer wreaks havoc on your posture. Also, injuries or lack of stretching can affect your posture.
It's easy to see how posture affects your waist. Stand in the mirror and look at your waist from the side. Pull your shoulders back and stand up tall notice what your waist looks like.
Then, slouch over, let your shoulders droop, and notice the difference in your waistline. When you slouch and have bad posture, your waist size increases slightly.
Habit and lack of flexibility affects your posture, so stretching can help to improve your posture.
The other way that flexibility improves you waist line is by increasing your range of motion during stomach exercises.
Many people say crunches are not an effective stomach exercise, but from experience the reason crunches are less effective for most people is a lack of motion in the lower back. Your ab muscles work to move your spine, but if your spine is stiff and doesn't move then your ab muscles don't work as well.
In fact, if your spine is stiff every stomach exercise will be less effective. If you want a flat stomach exercise and stretch to increase the flexibility in your hips and lower back.
The last reason flexibility is important is to protect the lower back from injury. Most of the best abdominal exercises place extra stress on the lower back, and if you are stiff and inflexible you are more likely to get injured when you do very challenging ab exercises.
When your body is stiff in one area, you will compensate by putting excess pressure on another area when you move. So stretching is essential if you are going to exercise your stomach.
Stretching improves your posture. Stretching increases your range of motion. And stretching protects your lower back from injury.
In my ebook personal training secrets to lose belly fat and get a flat stomach, there is an entire chapter devoted to posture and flexibility.
In addition, there is a 10 point flexibility test that will tell you if you're flexible enough to get a flat stomach, and a 6 minute stretching routine that will help you get the most out of your ab workouts.
If you want to lose belly fat and start working your stomach muscles, you can't forget about stretching. Stretching is an important flat stomach exercise tip.
One more lesson to go. I'll talk to you in a couple of days about putting the fuel on the fat burning fire.
Until then, remember the flat stomach exercise tip of inclucing stretching exercises in your workout, and take care.
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