Introduction to stomach strengthening

One of the things that first draws people towards exercise is the though of developing a flab free, attractive stomach.

And for people wanting to be athletes, creating a strong stomach doesn’t just look great; it has serious benefits for performance.

Once you possess a strong core you can extend that strength to other parts of your body. Unfortunately, many of us grow up without an emphasis on strong stomach muscles.

In order to ease you into the process of building your core strength, here are some starting level stomach exercises.

Firstly, target your lower abs. Lie with your back totally flat on the floor. Ensure there is no gap between the natural arch in your lower back and the ground. Bend your knees to 45 degrees, keeping your legs together. Holding your legs in that position, raise your knees in an arc towards your nose. Go about halfway, stop, then return your feet to the floor slowly. Do three sets of ten.

Secondly, target your oblique muscles. Lie with your back flat and your legs at 45 degrees. Extend your right leg out, pointing your toe, and simultaneously lift your head and right elbow towards your left knee. Return to the starting position and do the same on the opposite side. Do three sets of ten on either side.

Finally, try to do the position sometimes referred to as ‘the boat’ in yoga. Lie on your back, then lift your legs, arms and head slightly off the ground at the same time. Keep your legs together and your lower back pressing into the ground. You should be slightly curling, as a boat would!

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