Three tips from a physiotherapist for a flat stomach

Three tips from a physiotherapist for a flat stomach

In addition to diet, several parameters come into play to have a flat stomach. To achieve this goal as summer approaches, here are three tips from Vincent Roche, physiotherapist.

To have a flat, firm and toned stomach, focusing on diet helps, but is not enough. Here are the tips from Vincent Roche, physiotherapist at Kiné Kleber (Paris).

Play on posture, to tuck in your stomach

The way you hold yourself, physiologically, is an element that affects whether you have more or less stomach. “We see it when we stand up straight, when we straighten up, the stomach goes in” first notes the healthcare professional. Correct posture is therefore important to maintain, especially when working all day in front of a computer. “In a sitting position, we quickly tend to slouch, rounding our back and protruding our stomach” specifies the physiotherapist.

But posture remains an unstable factor, which depends on the situation. “We will not hold ourselves in the same way during an important event as in everyday life” he adds. “L“Posture therefore plays a role in having a flat stomach.”

And it can be improved. To do this, the professional recommends strengthening your back. “This will allow you to straighten up naturally, reduce the relaxation of the shoulders and therefore the stomach sticking out forward.”

Focus on hypopressive gym exercises

To ensure a flat stomach whatever the situation, the physiotherapist advises focusing on hypopressive gym. “It is particularly recommended for women, because it allows you to strengthen the abominal muscles, without putting pressure on the perineum. explains Vincent Roche.

This is a way to work the transverse muscles, while keeping the diaphragm in a high position. The method Pilates allows you to carry out this type of exercise.. Find other information in our article “Stomach vacuum or hypopressive abs: the gentle method to refine the waist”.

Good in his body, good in his head!

Work the anterior abdominal wall with a vacuum

Finally, the physiotherapist recommends an exercise which consists of strengthening the anterior abdominal walls. “It’s about vacuum, this exercise where you make waves, as it were, with your stomach. We perform a very large suction, which presses the stomach and the viscera against the posterior wall of the abdomen, before releasing everything.

By relaxing and contracting the abdominal wall, this helps strengthen the powerful anterior abdominal muscles that make it up. “The exercise may seem a little difficult at first, but with a little practice it is easy to master.“concludes the physiotherapist.

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