- Tighten Your Stomach Muscles
- Tighten Your Tummy!
- 7 Stomach Muscle Exercise Habits To Avoid
- Flat Belly Diets
- Free Trial Scams
- Pilates Classes
- Your Busy Life
- Section 1: Busy Life
- Section 2: Busy Life
- Section 3: Busy Life
- Section 4: Busy Life
- Section 5: Busy Life
- Easy Exercise Videos
- Fitness DVDs for Men
- Fitness DVDs for Women
- 6-Pack Abs for Men
- For Women Over 40 Only
- Exercise Equipment for People on the Go
- Food Myths
- The Salad Dressing to Avoid Like the Plague
- Do 3 Day Diets Work?
Tighten Your Stomach Muscles
Benefits of Losing Belly Fat
There are medical reasons why people need to get rid of that extra tire they have been carrying around. People that carry the excess weight around their middle tend to be more likely to develop serious medical conditions such as back problems and diabetes.
People with preexisting back problems will benefit from abdominal exercises to tighten the stomach muscles as well. Many of the abdominal exercises stretch the back muscles at the same time they are strengthening and tightening the stomach muscles.
Losing the weight from around the middle also relieves the stress on the back that comes from carrying the excessive weight around. The posture is then improved which will also relieve tension in the back area and allow the internal organs to function better, as they are no longer being scrunched over. You will then walk taller and straighter, which will give you more confidence and improve your overall looks compared to a person that walks hunched over.
You must know, and realize, that the idea of total concentration on tightening up the stomach muscles is an oxymoron as it just does not work as well when trying to isolate one part of the whole body instead of looking at and addressing the whole being. There are many that will disagree with me as they try to sell you the ab books or the build leg muscle books or the back strengthening books or the turn a wimp into a muscle man books.
Know this. No matter what anyone will try to tell you or sell you, your body just does not function that way. As a whole being, all parts work together and the right stomach tightening exercises should be incorporated into a whole body regime.
There are as many different opinions about what stomach muscle exercises are the best for toning up and getting rid of the flab, as there are diets to go with them. Every fitness program that you join or read about will have some regimen included to turn those love handles and stomach flab into washboard abs.
How To Decide On the Best Exercise
Program for Your Lifestyle
How can a person decide for themselves which truly are the best exercises for tightening up their stomach muscles? How do you decide if you are going to isolate one area or if you are really going to commit to the whole body fitness program? Do you need special equipment, do you have to go to the gym to use their machines or can you take care of yourself, and keep your time schedule at home?
The first thing to think about is what you are willing to do as far as an exercise routine. The belly fat will not melt off and your muscles will not tighten up by you sitting at the computer reading about it. No matter how effective the exercises may be, if you are not willing to do them consistently, you will not get the benefits of the exercises. The complete process will take discipline and your commitment to the process.
If you choose to believe that you can melt that flab and tighten up those stomach muscled by sitting on your butt dreaming about it, while you take another pill, well, dream on McDuff because it's not going to happen. It's a Big Fat Lie! Look in the mirror again.
Every quackery out there is making a buck off of people that are looking for a quick fix. The acai berry scams being the most recent. No doubt about it, they will continue to make a fortune off of every person willing to fork over the cash instead of committing to an exercise program that will really work as long as there is some effort put into it.
Are you one of the blind sheep that will follow every snake oil salesman that comes along? I will not apologize for being harsh. It is time for a reality check. Being warm and fuzzy will not help you face reality. Will you keep making excuses instead of taking action? Or, will you be one of the smart ones that gets up and commits to doing the work to tighten those stomach muscles and lose the belly fat? You can do it. I know you can. Look at all of the things you have accomplished in your life because of your commitment and hard work. You can do this too.
Now that has been said.....
Let's Move On....
It is also important to know that special equipment is not necessary to perform abdominal exercises. Although some people do prefer to use exercise equipment or special machines at the gym, they are not necessary. Some exercise equipment, that is advertised to give you washboard abs, is sheer crap and in no time will be shoved under the bed and forgotten about.
All you need is some room to lie down; the desire to improve your looks and health; and the commitment to see it through. Exercises to tighten your stomach muscles is a good place to begin before building into a whole body regime. They will give you more of an idea as to what kind of shape you are in. If you are unable to perform the exercises, you will know right away that you may need to start with simpler routines to begin stretching those unused muscles and to limber up.
The Truth About Stomach Crunches
Crunches are actually one of the least effective exercises, unless used in combination with other more effective resistance exercises. The crunch, like the sit-ups of old, will not get much accomplished on their own. In my opinion they are not very effective unless combined with other exercises such as the side crunch, which works on the oblique, which are the side muscles.
The best stomach exercises, combine a resistance workout along with working the oblique, the lower abdominals,upper abdominals. and the mid-section.
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