By Christine Scheonwald for Your Tango
Stomach vacuuming is a weird name for a very effective ab exercise that’s been around since the 1970s. By using the stomach vacuuming technique, you may be able to reduce your mid-section in as little as three weeks.
There is one caveat, though: you must already be on a pre-established clean eating regime, drinking lots of water, and have a low to moderate body fat percentage. If you’re just starting to practice healthy habits and fitness, and are focusing more on weight loss than shaping your body, stomach vacuuming can be something you aspire to. A future goal.
If you do stomach vacuuming correctly, not only will you cinch your midsection, you’ll stabilise your spine, which can reduce lower back pain and improve your posture. And stomach vacuuming is one of the best ways to take off two to four inches from your midsection.
The abdominal region is made up of internal and external muscles. The external muscles are known as the Rectus Abdominus and the Eternal Obliques. You can thank the rectus abdominus for six-pack abs, but it’s the transverse abdominis (TVA) that’s the Spanx of your abdominal muscles.
The TVA pulls in the abdominal wall, and when it’s strengthened you’re basically tightening it to the extent that you have a smaller, flatter, and more defined stomach.
Stomach vacuuming is a breathing exercise that focuses on the TVA via an isometic contraction (tenses the muscle without moving it). Since this procedure is also known as abdominal drawing-in maneuver and focuses on breathing mechanics, it’s a big part of yoga and Pilates. (Post continues after gallery).