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How to Tighten your Abs

How to Tighten your Abs

Eating less and more healthily often results in weight loss. For those who have a slight pooch or protruding tummy (sometimes called a muffin top), weight loss results in loose skin in the abdominal area. Do not be fooled by creams that claim to tighten abs; they only tighten the skin. The best way is to exercise.  There are many exercises to tone your abs and make your stomach area flatter. This article on how to tighten your abs will provide exercises that are easy and convenient to do.

  1. Exercise while sitting down

    Some people who work at an office have started to sit on an exercise or stability ball at their desks. The exercise ball forces you to tighten your abs and sit straight as you balance on the ball. Keep your feet firmly on the floor all the time. To do this, make sure that you have the right-sized ball for your height. When you are confident in your balancing abilities, move your hips in a circular motion to work your abs some more. Do one clockwise then one counterclockwise as a set, and repeat as many sets as you can.



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    If you are not allowed a stability ball, you can do ab squeezes while on a chair. Sit up straight and contract your ab muscles by pulling them in as tight as you can. Hold for 3-5 seconds then release. You can also contract in two counts, hold for two more counts, then release. The squeezes will give you the added benefit of keeping you awake during meetings over the phone.

  2. Exercise while on a mat

    There are a lot of yoga and Pilates exercises that help tighten abs. The most popular one is the plank. This is not the same as lying on your stomach on the sidewalk and having your picture taken. Lie down on a mat face down with your arms to your sides and your legs together. Bring your arms in front of you, clasp your hands together, and turn up your toes on the mat. Lift your body so that only your arms and toes are touching the floor. Make sure that your body is in a straight line and that you are contracting your abs. Hold the pose for as long as you can, then go back down. You can increase the intensity by stepping forward slowly so your body forms the pike position, then walk back and lower down to the plank position.

    Another pose that will help force you to tighten your abs to keep your balance is the boat pose. Sit up straight on the mat with your arms and legs extended in front of you. Hold the sides of your thighs to keep your balance as you lift your legs off the floor. Beginners can bend their knees in a 90-degree angle while those who are more flexible can straighten their legs to form 40 degrees with the floor. As your endurance improves, you can stop holding your legs by stretching out your arms, palms open.

  3. Make it a habit to tighten your abs

    You might be surprised to know that you can do ab exercises even when you’re waiting in line. Train your body to adopt the straight posture that will show a flatter ab area instantly. Lower your tailbone and lift your hipbones up toward your rib cage. In time, you will build the habit of standing and walking like this. Suck in your stomach as well, to tighten your torso.

As you can see, these exercises on how to tighten your abs are simple and not intimidating. Some people may not even call them exercises because they don’t involve high-tech gadgets or a gym. If you don’t have a yoga mat, a thick towel or the carpet will suffice. You can even do some exercises during commercials while watching TV.

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