Exercises to Elongate Your Stomach

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While there isn't much you can do to actually lengthen your abdominal region, it is possible to tone your stomach muscles for a longer-looking physique. When your core is strong and lean it gives your silhouette a taller, longer appearance.

Long Arm Crunch

  • This exercise engages the muscles from throughout the lower core to the sides and arms. While you are lying on your back on a mat or blanket, put your knees up as if you are going to do a regular stomach crunch. Stretch your arms out behind you, keeping them straight and close to your ears, and clasp your hands together. From this starting position, contract your abdominal muscles to lift your shoulders off the ground, keeping your arms straight behind your head. Avoid straining your neck. Lower back to the starting position and do 12 to 16 repetitions.

Bow Pose

  • This yoga pose forms the shape of a bow with the body and really stretches out the core muscles. Start out lying on your stomach on a mat or blanket with your arms relaxed next to your sides. Then breathe out and bend your legs so that your feet are near your buttocks. Reach your arms back and grab your ankles. As you inhale, lift your legs up away from your body and your thighs off of the floor. This will raise your torso off the ground as well. Press your shoulders back while thinking of having a wide, open chest. Hold for 20 or 30 seconds.

Plank

  • Using this simple exercise daily increases your core strength and endurance. Get down onto a mat on your stomach. Raise yourself up onto your elbows, supporting yourself with just your flat forearms and your tippy toes against the ground. Your spine should be straight and rigid, your head should be relaxed and looking down. Concentrate on keeping your body in line and your belly button pressed toward your back. Hold for 10 seconds, or as long as you can. With practice you can build up the amount of time you are able to support yourself.

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