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Healthy Body Beatitude - Lower Stomach Exercise

October 7, 2012

Healthy Body Beatitude - Lower Stomach Exercise

In the last Healthy Body Beatitude we discussed how strengthening your stomach muscles help to support your spine, creating a stronger core and help to relieve back pain. We learned how to perform crunches which are a great way to strengthen the muscles in the upper part of your stomach. In this article I will focus on the lower stomach muscles.

Lying Leg Lifts Healthy Body Beatitude #3

This is a simple yet very effective exercise for strengthening the muscles in your lower stomach.

Begin by lying down with your back flat on the floor and your arms straight down at your sides with the palms of your hands flat on the floor. Your legs should be straight with your knees and feet together. Using your arms and hands to steady your body slowly raise your feet off of the floor keeping your legs straight and your knees and feet together. Slowly raise your legs to about 45 degrees, exhaling as you do the lift. Without pausing at the top position, slowly return your legs to the floor breathing in as you do. Pause for 2 seconds and repeat. Repeat this movement 10 times.

If this your first time or if it has been a while since you have done any type of stomach exercise you can perform this movement on leg at a time making it easier to perform but be sure to do each leg 10 repetitions. For the more advanced, you can intensify this movement by wearing ankle weights or holding a dumbbell between your feet.

This exercise should be performed twice a week with at least 24 hour of rest in between. Pair this exercise with the simple stomach crunches taught in Healthy Body Beatitude #2 to strengthen your stomach and build a strong core. Combine both of these exercises with a good diet and regular cardio such as walking, jogging or cycling and you are well on your way to a flatter, tighter stomach.

It is common to experience soreness and tightness in your muscles within a day or two of performing any exercise, particularly in your stomach because they are made up of several small muscles which do not require as much stimulation as larger muscle do.

L-Glutamine can help reduce muscle soreness. Glutamine is the most common amino-acid found in your body. More than 60% of your skeletal muscle is made up of Glutamine. Performing physical activity depletes glutamine stores in your body, which decreases strength, stamina and recovery and it could take several days for glutamine levels to return to normal. Glutamine promotes protein synthesis while inhibiting muscle protein breakdown which is important for muscle recovery and promoting repair to damaged muscles which in will help relieve sore muscles.

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Have a Healthy Body Beatitude,
Alistair Hunter-Gafur, PTS
Alcona Beach Health Shoppe

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