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Tighten Abs While You Walk

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Tighten your Abs while you walk and you will be building core strength. Physical therapist had me do this after I had fusion surgery. You can really feel the strengthening. Just tighten or suck in your belly focusing on the area near your navel while you walk. Works for me!

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  • Need to start doing this more - by NWLIFESRC
  • LINLOUTOM
    Sorry to hear you had fusion surgery. This is a great tip. I have a bad back also surgery once shots the second time. Keep up the good work. emoticon - by LINLOUTOM
  • I try to remember to do this; thank you for the reminder!! emoticon - by AMBYRRR
  • I also do the sucking in while you walk. It makes my back feel more aligned! - by SCULLEN84
  • I actually do this when I think about it and it really works. I do it while swimming too, with amazing effect. Thanks for sharing the tip! - by LIZALOT
  • This is a great idea, thanks so much for sharing!! - by LUCYLU22
  • I gotta start doing this...great tip my friend! - by LISAKRISTY
  • I also tighten my abs. It makes my posture better and it also eases up om the low back "achiness." - by MOTTAMAMALOU
  • This makes sense. Thanks - by LEANMEAN2
  • emoticon - by HYATTI1
  • What a good idea. Will try to remember to do this! Thank you. - by CHEBBA
  • emoticon information. emoticon I am definitely going to take this to heart and give it a try. - by DIAMOND102
  • I used to do this while walking before, I will have to start back again. Thanks for sharing. - by AMBER461
  • Thank you for the information emoticon - by RBOYD41
  • BANNERMAN
    Thanks for sharing. - by BANNERMAN
  • Good thing to remember...when i do...it's a good thing. - by PROPMAN1
  • When i think about it...i do it. It's just the remembering part... - by PROPMAN1
  • When i think about it...i do it. It's just the remembering part... - by PROPMAN1
  • Sounds good to me. - by UKNOWITNOW
  • So awesome because I do that every day I walk. Try to remember to suck it in while I sit in the car or sitting at home. - by DELLMEL
  • VAINVT
    Great idea, and it takes very little effort. - by VAINVT
  • I've been starting to do this every third step, as well as alternating gripping a fist. I only do it about 1/2 but I've felt the difference in this last week and a half. Amazingly I tried to figure out how to calculate holding it in while walking and discovered your post. Wow.

    This sparked me! - by GRALAN
  • I try to do this when working out, but I found that I was always too preoccupied to remember to do it. The only way I figured out how to do it was to make it a habit. I do it while driving, do it while walking, do it while sitting on the couch watching TV. It's helped me alot when I workout. Just as an additional tidbit, I watched a video from Shaun T of Insanity and Hip Hop Abs... In his workout, he preaches to keep your core tight, but he gave a tip on how to do it. Just laugh, when you laugh it happens just like it would if you were trying. Of course you wouldn't want to be walking around work and giggling to yourself, but it helps you build the habit for sure. - by RJANECEK2
  • When doing the Curves circuit I always remind myself to "engage the abs". It makes a HUGE difference! I am actually developing a 6 pack!! WooHoo! - by MARYELLEN301
  • I know this move...I just have a hard time keeping with it. - by HYATTI1
  • I used to do this all the time - I'll start doing it again, thanks!
    emoticon - by JLLOVETT
  • I started doing this a while ago too and it has made such a difference! Although my tummy is still a little squishy it is definately tighter. - by GOODLOOKIN69
  • Thanks for sharing - by LEANMEAN2
  • Great reminder. Thanks! - by CYDNEYLEECH
  • I used to do this, a long time ago, and it really worked. Thanks for reminding me of this great tip! - by KASEYSUNDANCER
  • JANEA56
    Thanks good tip I must remember to do this. emoticon - by JANEA56
  • good tip emoticon - by JANETTEB553
  • ROZEEROZ1
    Thanks for this info. Will do this. - by ROZEEROZ1
  • I'm it a point to hold my abs in while walking, running or on the elliptical. Especially on the treadmill on an incline. Excellent advice to pass on to your fellow Sparkers. - by FITWITHIN
  • When I walk I do this. Start at one point and hold my abs until I reach ascertain point.....it is hard to maintain this without really cocentrating. - by LYNCHD05
  • Great idea - I love combining areas of exercise and this makes total sense! emoticon - by AMARILYNH
  • Thanks for the tip and the reminder!
    - by FUZZIEBEAR3
  • I love simple and this one is really simple and effective - thanks for sharing
    emoticon - by WALKSINLIGHT
  • OSMRPRTR
    GREAT idea!!!! emoticon - by OSMRPRTR
  • PRAYINGHANDS35
    Thank you for sharing. Will have to remember this when I walk today. emoticon - by PRAYINGHANDS35
  • Great idea. I'm going to try this next time I walk. - by KALIOPPE
  • Need to do this more often
    - by CMORISAK
  • Thanks for the really great tip. I have back problems and try to walk every day. This should help. - by MINDYBEEMAN
  • I will have to try this! :) - by CDICKERSON20
  • Thanks. - by RHMORTON
  • Such an easy addition to even short walks. Why didn't I think of this myself? - by JOANNEJI
  • I tighten my abs whenever I think of it. I drive 12 miles to work every morning and try to tighten the entire trip. You will find, that you start doing it without thinking about it, and your stomach gets much flatter! - by DEEJACKSON
  • SUZZQ4LIFE
    It is true. I love that feeling of walking taller when the abs are tight. It certainly has helped me lose some weight around my waist by walking correctly. emoticon - by SUZZQ4LIFE
  • Es una opción fantástica para endurecer la musculatura abdominal. Se trata, sencillamente, de un ejercicio isométrico que pocas veces tenemos en cuenta, pero que funciona de maravilla. ˇGracias por recordárnoslo! Saludos. - by MCSABRO
  • Thank you for the great tip! - by DANALMILLAN
  • that's awesome advice. Keep moving and keep sucking it in. emoticon - by LAURAKOHORST
  • Thanks - by LEANMEAN2
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  • Thanks for sharing. - by LEANMEAN2
  • Thanks for sharing. - by LEANMEAN2
  • FRIENDOFBACH
    Good idea!
    emoticon - by FRIENDOFBACH
  • I have been dealing with sclerosis in my back and PT also talked to me about strengthening my abs when walking and working on strengthening my core. I had hoped losing 45 pounds would help, it hasn't made a significant difference. Strangely enough I have less trouble when I am walking on my treadmill at a faster pace, and/or on an incline, both of these apparently also result in tightening of the abs. - by NESTISEMPTY
  • emoticon ideas!!!!! emoticon - by GINGERVISTA
  • Thanks for the tip. I walk six days a week I have to remember to do it. . - by AMBER461
  • MFLEESAK
    That's really smart. Thank you!!! - by MFLEESAK
  • CINNABAR99
    I walk almost every day. Will have to remember to tighten up. Thanks for the tip. - by CINNABAR99
  • That's what I call ... multi-tasking! Thanks!! - by PINK4YOUTOO
  • BANNERMAN
    Keep up the good work. - by BANNERMAN
  • ACICEDA
    Love this. I can tell when I haven't worked out in a while and I restart this. I don't engage nearly as much and my back feels it the next day. - by ACICEDA
  • emoticon - by INGMARIE
  • I have to remember to do this! - by THEEASYKILL30
  • Wow, great idea. Anything that helps my bad back Sparks me.............. - by DARLENEK04
  • I love the idea of anything that strengthens my core. My Grand Aunt always told me to hold in my tummy when I was a child...remembering to do so has helped me maintain that tummy control and reduce the pot! emoticon - by CHERYLSBUTT
  • I do this all the time while walking and running. - by FITWITHIN
  • Thanks for the tip. I am going to pass this along to a friend who has scoliosis and has a metal rod that runs the length of her entire back. She cannot bend at the waist and is complaining of her tummy. She is getting married in Sept and wants to tone.
    Hope you have recovered from your fusion. - by DUTCH1811
  • Sounds good to me.i think I'll start when I walk today. - by SHIRLEY721
  • WELL SQUEESEING THE STOPACH SND CORE MUSCLES..THAT WOULD BE IN INTERESTING FEET!! - by SSIDDEN
  • I knew that but I forgot. Thank you for the reminder. What is fusion surgery? I hope you feel better emoticon - by BOLEBRON
  • This is such a great, simple idea! Thanks! - by SUEPERSTARS
  • Great hint...good reminder... emoticon - by PYNETREE
  • DEARTOMYHEART
    Great idea! Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon - by DEARTOMYHEART
  • I try doing this when I remember.....I will start remembering more often thanks to your tip.... - by AUNTB63
  • I love this...I am going to work really hard on doing this all the time. - by CMORISAK

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