As women, we have a thousand and one dreams to achieve. Every day, we always try to hone our skills, while raising children, also trying to stay fit, and we also continue to climb the career ladder, while enjoying hobbies in our spare time. We certainly want a strong and active body, so that all of life’s dream lists can be realized, and we too can become the best version of ourselves. The good news for you is that all-body strength training is focused on just one area: the abdominal muscles.
When you think about it, every movement you make starts with your abdominal muscles. Bending, lifting, turning, carrying things, reaching for something – everything. Strengthening the abdominal muscles is also good for your digestive and reproductive systems, and can prevent lower back pain. Strong abdominal muscles are essential for living an active life, no matter what your body type.
Have you ever seen mothers casually and gracefully carrying their crying toddlers out of restaurants? Or have you ever seen the women who can lift heavy suitcases at the airport or climb the stairs carrying a grocery bag filled with a month’s worth of food without breaking a sweat and still looking elegant? The secret lies in the body’s power center. When you train your abdominal muscles, your posture becomes elegant, which affects your self-confidence. Women with stomach muscles as strong as steel will look dignified and elegant in everything they do.
So, how to get strong abdominal muscles without spending hours on endless routines at the gym? There are many ways to do this, here are four simple ways to get started:
1. Make exercise routines for your proportional body more exciting
It’s good to know that variety is the key to your success! Combine a variety of exercises and then design your own fun and comprehensive workout routine. Yoga and Pilates are great ways to get strong and flexible abdominal muscles, as the focus of the workout is on body alignment and a balanced workout. Rock climbing classes, spin classes, aerobics and dancing are also fun ways to strengthen your abdominal muscles. If you want to practice at home, playing hula hoop also helps!
2. The Importance of Posture when Walking
Did you know that the torso area can be strengthened just by walking? Yes, right! You just need to maintain the correct posture. First, stand with your feet parallel, so that all four corners of your feet are resting on the floor. Make sure your knees are pointing in the same direction as your feet, and that your hips are not resting forward or pushed far back. Puff out your chest, lower your shoulders, point your tailbone inward, and tighten your torso area. Imagine that there is a rope connected from the top of your head pulling you straight. Then walk! Go boldly! Keep this posture every time you walk and without realizing it you have trained your abdominal muscles.
3. Make your sitting in the office more fun
Sitting at a desk with proper posture is also good for health. Make sure you sit up straight in the sitting area (the bony part of the buttocks point straight down), this keeps your spine straight. Set a pop up reminder on your computer so that you regularly improve your sitting position. Want to have a posture as strong as the British royal family? Replace your chair with a gym ball. In addition to forcing you to always tighten your abdominal muscles, you also look cool at the office! But first, ask your boss for permission!
4. Beauty begins in your stomach!
Building strong abdominal muscles will be much easier if your nutrition is right. Make your mealtimes more colorful by eating nutritious foods, such as lean protein, vegetables, and whole grains. Enough of your fiber intake, and don’t forget to drink milk. Fun fact: a study¹ by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that adequate intake of calcium can reduce the body’s production of fat cells. The ideal is to drink three cups of low-fat milk per day.