Never do a crunch or curl-up again!
It’s 7:00 a.m. You’ve just awakened, gone into the bathroom, and you see yourself in the mirror. The image you see has a protruding abdomen and slumped shoulders. You already look tired, even though you just got out of bed.
You try to stand up straight and hold your tummy in, but the effort exhausts you. So you go back in the bedroom, get down on the floor, and start to do crunches. The minute you start you can feel the strain in your lower back and neck, and you’re already starting to sweat.
You stop after ten and lie there, feeling more exhausted than you were before, and now you’re slightly depressed. You think to yourself, “I’ve GOT to do something about this belly. I hate it. I HATE these crunches! Maybe I’ll find out about Liposuction.”
You go to work feeling fat and depressed. Your energy level is zero, and you’re slightly irritable. You’re sure everyone is looking at your bulging belly.
Now, picture this…
It’s 7:00 a.m. You wake up and stretch and roll over onto your back. You lie there, breathing deeply for a few minutes, concentrating on pulling your abdomen in each time you exhale. You feel the response from your deep muscles, and smile to yourself with satisfaction, at your newly discovered ability.
Inhaling deeply, you exhale through pursed lips, pushing the air out and pulling your tummy in. You lock the muscles in place, and go back to breathing easily through your nose, relaxing the rest of your body. You reach down and feel how firm and flat your lower abdomen feels.
You hold your tummy in deeply for several minutes, pulling in a little farther each time you exhale through your nose. When your muscles feel fatigued, you release slowly and finish up with a couple of slow, full breaths-allowing your body to completely relax before you get up.
When your feet hit the floor, you are energized, feel good about yourself, and ready to start the day.
If you could do this every morning, wouldn’t you?
The following exercises are in “Breathworks For Your Back…Strengthening Your Back From The Inside Out”.
They involve movement of the pelvis as well as the extremities, to add increased resistance to the deep abdominal muscles as they are pulled in and held.
Exercise 17 – Hands and Knees with Pelvic Rotation
Exercise 20 – Alternate Arm and Leg move
For the entire program of non-crunches and special tips, you may order the book and audio tapes.