Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Exercises to Flatten The Stomach

There are many times in a person's life when they really want to look their best. Perhaps it is for a high school reunion or for a wedding, and probably the most popular time for wanting to look good is during swimsuit season. Whether it's fitting into a slinky evening gown, or baring it all (or most of it) at the beach, gaining a flat stomach is something that many people strive for when trying to look great.

LĂșcia Garcia, Portuguese model
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People tend to think that a flatter stomach means better looks and most people want to look their best. A flat stomach does go beyond looks however; there are medical reasons why a flatter stomach is generally a healthy way to go. Medical evidence suggests that people that carry extra weight around the stomach tend to be more likely to develop serious medical conditions, including diabetes. The stomach is also the core of the body, this means that the stronger and healthier the core is, the less injury-prone the rest of the body will be. Consider a person with back problems, which is a common problem with many people. These people can benefit greatly from doing exercises to strengthen their abs and core muscles. This will help improve posture and relieve tension in the back as excess weight is removed from the center of the body.

Besides looks and health, another reason why exercises to flatten stomach muscles are popular is because they are easy to do. They can be done practically anywhere, in a gym, at home in front of the television or anywhere else. They also do not require expensive equipment to do. While there are plenty of machines and smaller pieces of equipment all geared for working the stomach muscles, they are not necessarily needed to get the same results. All a person needs is some room to lie down and the desire to improve their stomach. There are a wide variety of exercises that target this area of the body, so a person can choose which moves will work best for him or her.

Personal Trainer Exercise
Personal Trainer Ab Exercise (Photo credit: katieklimek)
Because this type of exercise is so popular, most workout programs, whether on a video watched at home, or in a live class at a health club, will include exercises to tone and flatten stomach muscles. Toning this part of the body can help with the strength and health of the body as a whole.

Obviously there are many reasons why people want to flatten their stomach and spend a lot of time doing exercises to accomplish this goal. Whether the reason is vanity or health, it is important to remember that as with all things, it will take time to get the desired results and a person must stick to whatever program they are comfortable with until they have the stomach they want. The good news is that stomach muscles respond very well to even a little exercise, with some exercise and a good healthy diet, most people can see results, provided there is no medical reason why they probably won't succeed.

Here are some of my favorite ways to have fun while getting great abs!

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