The beauty of this abdominal exercise is it can be done anywhere - in the car at a stoplight, in line at the grocery store, standing at the stove in your kitchen, riding the elevator, on a park bench watching your kids swing, or while you're in the shower. Anytime. Anywhere.
And each time you do it, it trains the muscles and tightens your abs.
To perform this exercise, standing or sitting:
1. Breathe in fully, completely filling your lungs to capacity.
2. As you slowly breathe out, suck in your stomach as if you were trying to touch your belly button to your spine. The key is to suck in hard - as hard as you can. (Tighten your belly as if you are going to be punched in the gut, while blowing out the candles on your birthday cake.)
3. Once you feel tightness along your sides, try to hold this position for ten seconds. (Over time, increase to thirty seconds and then sixty seconds.)
4. Fully exhale or breathe out. This is one repetition.
5. Repeat twice. This is a set. Aim for at least eight sets during the course of the day.
This abdominal exercise may seem ridiculously simple. But discounting its effectiveness would be a mistake. The power of physical principle is at work and the benefit to your middle is enormous.
Trust me, you'll be sore in the morning!