Posture is one of the most overlooked and underrated things when it comes to having a flat tummy. Bad Posture accounts for a slew of issues including, back pain, stress on your joints, depression, constipation, and yes even making you look fuller in the abdomen!
We have become a nation of sitters and to make matters worse, we sit and slouch causing all kinds of spinal issues and ailments in our bodies.
If you’re like most people, just telling you that poor posture could cause spinal issues, depression, and joint pain may not be enough to get you to straighten up.
But, what if I told you that slouching could actually contribute to making you look bloated or even fat! NO!!
When you slouch you put pressure on your abdomen and organs. This causes them to be pushed down towards your lower belly and with nowhere else to go… yep. You guessed it. Down and out, causing that lower abdomen pooch that some refer to as bloat, mommy tummy, feeling heavy, or just their “pooch” that they can’t get rid of! UGH!
Now, in your defense. You probably don’t notice when you are slouching and that’s the worse part! Most people just take the aches and pains, and other issues that come along with poor posture as a part of life and don’t give it a second thought! I’m here to tell you there’s a way better way!!
Stand in your normal stance. Most women stand with one hip cocked out to the side or with their backsides slightly sticking out with a “sway” in their lower backs. Not sure how you stand? Try to stand casually and not think about it too much. Then place the back of your hand on your lower back. Do you feel a scoop or sway in your back? If so, think about your anatomy for a second. If your lower back and butt are scooped out, what do you think is happening to the opposite side of you? Your abdomen will have to go the opposite direction. Pushing or pooched out!
Now try this! Actively pull your hips underneath you. Think about squeezing your glutes and stacking your hips right in line with your shoulders. This could take some practice and it may be easier to do this in a mirror so that you can see the changes in your abdomen. Try a few back and forth sets and really look to see how your tummy goes from pooched out to nice and tucked in!
While this little trick will do wonders for your appearance, posture, and spine you will still need to do added core work to strengthen the abdomen muscles so that they can do this for you automatically. It takes some time and some very specific exercises but you can absolutely break your bad posture habit and begin to engrain these new habits in a relatively short amount of time!
The best thing about this little technique is it works instantly! You can change the way your tummy looks right now and over time the habit will become embedded and you won’t have to think about it or train it anymore!
Remember! You can do all the core work in the world and even have a six pack but if you have poor posture you will always look like your tummy is pooching OUT! NO!
Try this (7) day training schedule to get you going on the right track!
Day (1) -Day (3)
In the mirror practice 10 reps of in and out. Let your glutes sway back creating that outward curve in your lower spine. Then actively pull your hips underneath you, squeezing your glutes and tightening your core. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
Day (4)- (7)
Morning: 10 Reps of in and out with a 10 second hold.
Afternoon/Evening: 3 Rounds of 20 Glute Bridges on the floor.
Lying on your back, pull your knees up keep your heels on the floor. Hands by your side. Take a deep breath, driving through your heels, aggressively drive your hips towards the ceiling, squeezing your glutes at the top and tightening your core. Slowly lower back to the ground and repeat 20 times.
Remember that to create a habit with our body we have to have a mind muscle connection. This means that you can not mindlessly do these exercises. They need to be slow and controlled and you have to think about the muscle that is actively working! Think about what if feels like when you squeeze at the top of a rep, or when you switch from pushing to pulling your hips. These little tricks help ingrain the habit and produce results much faster!
P.S. I will be teaching this technique and many more in our 12 Week Mommy Makeover Spring Bikini Camp Starting April 3rd!
Registration is NOW open!
We are diving in and getting ready for swimsuit season with a core focused, tummy shaping, bikini ready Boot Camp!
We will train that tummy and core to be slimmer, stronger, and ready for the sun in just 12 weeks!
With my specific core shaping workouts combined with learning all my tricks to look slimmer, taller, and leaner right away… you’ll have the ultimate recipe to kill it at the pool this summer!!
Did I mention that learning great posture comes with a side of mega confidence!! Oh Yeah!
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