Nowadays there are various methods that claim to tone the abdominal muscles , however, it is not only a matter of performing an exercise and now, it is also necessary to consider a multitude of factors that can make the abdomen not look flat or marked, despite to do physical activity.

Having a flat and toned stomach is the desire of many women. A healthy diet, which includes seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as moderate physical activities can effectively contribute to the improvement of an enviable figure without being subjected to long hours in the gym, although many times, obtaining the ideal body, can depend on many other factors such as genetics, hormonal balance and age, among others.

Some daily habits also help reduce bloating or abdominal inflammation , such as drinking a glass of water in the morning on an empty stomach, or two small glasses of water and lemon juice, reducing salt intake, and avoiding certain types of foods that favor the accumulation of gas in the stomach and intestines.

The intake of carbonated beverages, sugars derived from these that promote intestinal fermentation, the yeast content in bakery products such as bread and pizza can also cause the abdomen to not look the way we want it. However, despite everything, there is an exercise capable of achieving more effective results than others , and you can do it at home, without major complications.

How to tone your abdominal muscles with this simple exercise

As for the abdominal muscles , without exaggeration, the exercise that we will mention below is an infallible strategy capable of acting on muscle definition and tone.

When it is not possible for time or other reasons to attend a gym, you can use this simple exercise, if practiced constantly, it will ensure satisfactory results to obtain marked abs and a flat stomach.

This is a unique technique to train the muscles of the abdomen and it is so simple, that it will seem impossible for you to get results, but it is the opposite. It involves pulling your abdomen back, as the picture shows, contracting it and taking a deep breath, and then trying to hold your breath for as long as possible.

To perform this exercise better, you can stand in front of the mirror, and repeat several times a day with consistency until it almost becomes a habit. In addition to the aforementioned benefits, performing this abdominal contraction will perform a beneficial massage for the internal organs that are stimulated to work better, also helping to reduce swelling.

You can put it into practice today to start getting results as soon as possible.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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