Get Fit__ Should You Trade Your Crunches For Stomach Vacuuming?
Apparently all those planks and crunches you’ve been doing have been pointless and all you need to get flat abs is a little stomach vacuuming. Thankfully, this doesn’t involve an actual vacuum. Stomach vacuuming is a deep breathing exercise that activates and supposedly strengthens your deepest abdominal muscle, the transverse abdominis.
Rich Sturla, owner and personal training director at Results Health & Performance in England, claims that if you do the exercise correctly, you’ll cinch your midsection and stabilize your spine. He also adds that stomach vacuuming isn’t exactly a new concept – it’s been used in yoga and Pilates classes for years.
So how do you do a stomach vacuum? As soon as you wake up, lie on your back with your knees bend and your feet on the mattress. Take a deep exhale and pull your belly button in toward your spine. Start by holding for 15 seconds, and aim to eventually hold for a minute. Repeat three to five times. The move can also be done in a chair, on your hands and knees or on a stability ball.
Sturla claims that if you practice this daily in conjuction with eating well and exercising, you should start to see a difference in a few weeks. So it’s either the stomach vacuuming or the healthy foods and daily workouts that are giving you abs but hey, why not give it a try?