Monday, 28 February 2011

Stomach Vacuums

How to do Stomach Vacuums:

• Stand straight with feet shoulder width apart and hands on hips.

• Inhale deeply.

• Exhale while contracting your stomach muscles so that it looks like your navel is trying to touch your spine. Hold this position for 5 seconds while exhaling. That is 1 rep.

I find this exercise is great for making my stomach flatter, and it only takes a few seconds. Some people recommend exhaling completely before holding the position for a few seconds, I advise against it as a lack of oxygen to the brain isn't exactly very healthy. This exercise is great because you can do it anywhere, just make sure you practice in front of a mirror first so you don't look like you're constipated.

Equipment I use for this exercise: None

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