Achieving and maintaining a flat tum is like the holy grail of the exercise world.

We can cut down on our carb intake and crunch until we're blue in the face, but very few of us ever see the results we so badly want when it comes to our stomachs.

If you're becoming tired of the same old core exercises and want to spice up your work-out regime, then it's time you turned your attention to stomach vacuuming!

Yes, it sounds bizarre, but let's face it, if it doesn't involve an actual household chore and we can actually do it from bed, then we're on board!

What you need to know

Based on techniques employed in yoga and Pilates, stomach vacumming, also known as the abdominal drawing-in manoeuver, requires you to focus on the mechanics of breathing.
 


What you need to do

It is recommended you begin you day with this move, so why not get your head around the technique today and start your day off well tomorrow!

Step 1

Lie flat on your back in bed, bend your knees and place your feet flat on the mattress.

Step 2

Taking a very deep breath, pull your belly button in towards your spine.

Step 3

Hold this position for 15 seconds to begin with before gradually progressing towards a one-minute hold.

Step 4

Repeat the move between three and five times a morning.

Step 5

Vary your location as you master the technique by performing the move on an exercise ball or kitchen chair.

Why it's recommended

According to fitness experts, this move activates your core, tightens your abs, stabilises your spine and improves your posture.
 


However...

It must be noted that in order to achieve a toned tum, you need to combine this move with cardio exercise and a balanced diet.

No one single exercise will ever offer a magic solution, so it's important you don't rely solely on one particular move in order to achieve any one body goal.

But if you're interested in broadening your fitness repertoire, then why not include this exercise in your morning routine and reap the benefits!
 

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