CONTRACT THE CORE AND MAINTAIN GREAT POSTURE THROUGHOUT THE DAY…IT REALLY COMES DOWN TO JUST THAT…GET THE DIET RITUALIZED AND THE CALORIES DOWN UNDER 2000 PER DAY…AND SQUEEZE THE RECTUS ABDOMINIS ALL DAY LONG….FOR SOME OF YOU OGGIES THAT MIGHT MEAN CHEWING LESS GUM AS WALKING AND SITTING WHILE CONTRACTING AND HOLDING THE CORE MIGHT OVERLOAD YOU…READ THE GREAT COMMENTS BELOW:
Personal trainer and abdominals group fitness instructor, Equinox, Santa Monica:
Practicing good posture throughout the day is really going to give you a flat stomach. Everyone can have a flat stomach, and that’s where posture comes into play. I tell my clients that no matter what they’re doing in the gym, they should suck in their stomach, imagining that they’re bringing their belly button to their spine. If they’re on the mat or on a machine, like the knee extension machine, they should bring their lower back to the mat or make sure it’s in contact with the seat. Even when I’m driving I’ll sit up straight and pull my stomach in. It can be more effective than five minutes of abs, because you’re constantly activating those muscles.
I also like to do some isolation exercises — isometric holds, like planks, to develop the deep-tissue muscles such as the transverse abdominis and the internal and external obliques. That helps support your posture and develops the muscles that keep the stomach flat.
Developing back muscles is important too. Most people want to do more abdominal work than back extension exercises, but it’s always good to incorporate those. It’s all about muscle balance. If you only work on your abs, then your lower back won’t be strong enough to help you sit up straight. If you don’t work them out, you’ll start to bring your body forward, rather than maintain that good posture. To do a back extension, lie down on your stomach and raise your hands and feet so that your stomach is the only thing touching the ground.