This Little Trick Can Shrink Your Waistline Virtually Instantly
Life is full of “isms.”
I actually Googled the term “ism” and found a site that listed over 200 different “Philosophical Isms.” And let me tell ya…some of them were a bit cooky!
But any list of “isms” just wouldn’t be complete without the best ism of all isms…
Yes, there are plenty of Edisms and if you’ve been coming to boot camp you know a few of them.
Way back in the day I had a client who said she could write a book of nothing but Edisms and I told her she should.
She never did, but this is also the same person who called me a “son of a (you fill in the blank)” on more than one occasion.
One of my favorite Edisms is “Keep it in and tight.”
Before you let your mind wander, let me tell you that I’m talking about your stomach.
Whenever you exercise, I want you to always be mindful of keeping your stomach in and tight.
Our stomachs are all out of whack – and I’m not just talking about the blubbery goo that sits on top, I’m talking about the muscle tone and strength.
We sit too much and don’t move enough and that combination wreaks havoc on your midsection and if you’ve had kids…it’s a whole lot worse and can be messed up for years if you’re not mindful of the way you hold your stomach.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that when you master the “keep it in and tight” Edism, you can literally take a couple inches off your waistline.
But what does “keep your stomach in and tight” mean?
The easiest thing to describe it is to think “posture.” Standing up straight and tall – without letting your stomach “hang” – and remember I’m not talking about fat, I’m talking about the muscle.
It means that whenever you do anything, and I mean anything, I want you to focus on tightening your stomach muscles and pull them in.
I’m NOT talking about the kind of tightening where you can’t breathe because you’re sucking in and flexing your abs so hard. It’s more of a “brace” than a flex.
Think of the way your stomach feels when doing a Plank. It’s tight, right?
That’s what I mean when I say “keep it tight.”
Now the “keep it in” part is jus as important because if you keep your abs tight, but push them out, your abs will begin to become comfortable with that position (if you do it long enough).
You don’t want your stomach to be “out” do you?
I didn’t think so.
You want to tighten your stomach like when you’re doing a plank, then focus on “pulling” your stomach in a bit.
I want you to picture something for me…
…I’m sure you’ve seen pictures (or maybe you’re guilty of this yourself) of ladies and guys in their bathing suit with their stomachs sucked in and their chests puffed out. It looks goofy, doesn’t it?
If the picture were a video, you’d see their faces turning bright red because they’re holding their breath and when the picture is done, they exhale and let their stomachs hang out again.
That’s not what I’m talking about when I say “Keep it in and tight.”
Remember, it’s a “bracing” more than a flexing thing.
Once you master this Edism you will notice an immediate difference in the way your stomach looks, how you walk and sit and even how you feel.
That’s a strong statement, but it’s a true statement…and you won’t have to worry about sucking it in to fit into your favorite pair of pants!
So remember to “Keep it in and tight!”
Have an awesome day!
Be a superhero today!
Ed Scow, aka “The Fit Dad”
owner, ELS Boot Camps for Ladies Only
author, Fat Loss To Go
author, Get Fit. Get Sexy. Get Your Superhero Body!
contributor, Men’s Health Magazine
contributor, Women’s Health Magazine
contributor, Big Book of Exercises