you continually do sit-ups and wonder why your midline hasnt
shown much improvement? That could be because the sit-up only
works the muscles that work to move your body in the forward direction.
If you focus only on the sit-up and ignore the other mid-section
muscles that wrap around the front of your torso, youll
still have a lower belly paunch, regardless of the number of sit-ups
lower abdominal muscles are the target if you want to get to the
lower belly and persuade it to tuck up! At the same time, if you
also work the muscles of the lower back that work in unison with
the lower abdominals, youll avoid the lower back injuries
that often result from overtraining just the "abs."
easy way to strengthen and tone both the lower abdominal and
lower back muscles at the same time is a simple Pilates-inspired
movement I call, Stationary Marching.
on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
are by your sides.
your back is glued to the floor. Contract your abdominals and
inhale. Then exhale, slowly and completely. Keep your "abs"
contracted throughout the movement.
one leg with a bent knee, moving it directly above the hip.
At the same time, raise the opposite arm over your head till
your elbow is close to your ear. Your arm should stay straight
throughout the move.
the position for three seconds and then reverse. Repeat this
movement , alternating sides, inhaling and exhaling deeply.
Work up to one minute. You should feel almost as if you were
marching in place, just lying down. The key here is to keep
the back glued to the floor throughout the movements.
can change the formula just a little by slowing down the movement
or by tapping just the heels on the floor instead of putting
full weight on the foot each time it hits the floor.
beauty of this movement is that it can be done just about anywhere.
With a little perseverance, youll notice a new "tuck"
in your midline. And the body balance youll achieve will
spill over into your everyday routine, making everything from
walking to carrying things a whole lot easier.