Tips&TricksKickstart your New Year's resolution with this simple exercise for a flat stomach

Kickstart your New Year's resolution with this simple exercise for a flat stomach

The woman is measuring her waist circumference.
The woman is measuring her waist circumference.
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11:48 AM EST, January 7, 2024

For many of us, having a desired figure, including a flat stomach, is a top New Year's resolution. Some have already signed up for a gym, while others have embarked on healthier diets. For success, there are three essential aspects to focus on: diet, exercise, and consistency. Each is as crucial as the others, and none can be ignored for maintaining a healthy metabolism. If you yearn for a flat stomach, there's no better time to start than now!

"New year, new me"

How many of us have echoed these words right after New Year's Eve? The new year brings with it a desire for renewal and improvement. January often marks trying new routines and setting fresh goals, like attaining a healthier lifestyle and better physique. But before diving into this transformation, remember that any change needs time, and something as simple as a dietary switch can be challenging.

All changes should happen gradually. Your lifestyle cannot be revamped in a day, a week, or even a month. Begin with small steps, like letting go of unhealthy habits, making more mindful purchases, and incorporating light workouts. It isn't necessary to rush to a gym. Something as simple as regular walks or starting a new sport that interests you could work wonders. Consistency is vital - if you begin something, see it through. Erratic decisions, minor "slip-ups," or a lack of dedication can lead to early abandonment of your health goals and desired physique.

How to achieve a flat stomach?

A svelte, flat stomach is a common aspiration. Coach Jenna Collins emphasizes that special attention should be given to the transverse abdominal muscle during workouts. Strengthening it can make our torso look slimmer. Many uncomplicated exercises can be performed at home with no added equipment. The so-called "vacuum" exercise, recommended explicitly by Jenna, is one such routine. Remember that a single exercise won't transform your entire physique. It should be seen as an enhancement to your training regime and diet, both critical to obtaining your desired body.

This carefully designed exercise targets the deeper layers of abdominal muscles. In addition, sculpting your figure can alleviate lower back pain as these muscles are linked to the pelvis and the lower part of the spine. So, how to perform it correctly?

Begin by standing with a slight stride. Inhale deeply through your nose and slowly exhale through your mouth. After exhaling, we need to engage the abdominal muscles, which involves tensing the whole stomach and maintaining this position for 10-15 seconds. Aim for 10 to 12 repetitions daily for the best results.

The woman exercises at home.
The woman exercises at home.© Freepik | freepik
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