I was talking to a lady the other day about weight loss and strength training. I was giving her some ideas on my favorite strength training exercises and she asked me this question. “Does it do any good to suck in your stomach when you are walking or sitting down?” I told her I honestly didn’t know if it really made a difference. So I asked my favorite fitness person, Jody-Fit at 52. Jody looks amazing and is ultra fit.
Jody told me that
“As for “holding in your stomach”… well, it is not so much holding in your stomach BUT holding the core tight, if you get that. Just “sucking it in” is not the way too go. You have to be aware of your posture & hold the core tight. Sit up straight, stand up straight & do not slouch, same when walking. You have to be aware of that. I always tell people that once you are sitting for a bit but not thinking about it, all of a sudden, check out your posture.. most times, we are slouching. Same with standing or walking.. catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror or a window. People are usually surprised at what they see.Any time you engage that core while doing anything and I mean anything including cleaning, playing with kids, picking up things, you are working it. In fact, just working out, if you are maintaining proper form, you are engaging the core.A person can even sit on a stability ball while watching TV or reading & you really have to work the core to stay upright & not fall off!”
And here I am consciously engaging my core abdominal muscles and standing up straight and tall.
I think the difference is pretty dramatic. I need to remember to engage my core muscles all the time – when I’m standing, when I’m sitting and when I’m walking. I’ve gotten a lot more consistent with strength training this summer. I use my Gym in a Bag frequently and do core work on my stability ball.
How are you at engaging your core and standing up for yourself? Can you see a difference when you do? Diane