In the last post we touched upon some of the negative impacts of habitually sucking or holding your stomach in.
So now you may find yourself asking, “Well, then how am I supposed to find my abdominals in Pilates, or any other ‘core workout’ without just pulling my belly button in toward my spine?”
This is a fantastic question and in today’s video I’m going to show you how.
But first, let’s look at some of the problems with just pulling your belly in when you activate your abdominals.
1. You’re likely altering your spinal alignment, or tucking your pelvis and probably don’t even realize it.
2. Your diaphragm and pelvic floor work together when you inhale and exhale creating intra-abdominal pressure which helps to stabilize your torso while also massaging your spine and internal organs.
Sucking your stomach in puts a roadblock in your body that makes breathing difficult and also has a negative impact on your intra-abdominal pressure, which in turn has a negative impact on your spine and pelvic floor.
3. Your core musculature is so much more than just your abs. When you approach your core by just pulling in your belly button you can actually completely bypass your core muscles altogether!
Conversely, when you approach your core connections through your diaphragm or multifidus, as you’ll see in the video, you will automatically connect your core muscle co-activation team without having to think about all the individual muscles. It’s really very cool!
Check out the video and give the exercise a try. I’d love to hear how it goes in the comments below!
See you in the studio,
P.S. – I mention this at the end of the video, but be super careful not to squeeze your glutes together when you practice this exercise!
P.P.S. – Once you’ve got the hang of this exercise, you’ll be ready for the next one: This Simple Pelvic Alignment Exercise Might Surprise You