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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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- Submitted by LBTERRY1014 5/25/2011 in Exercise | 79 Comments
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NWLIFESRC 4/7/2012 6:46:00 AM

    Need to start doing this more
LINLOUTOM 5/25/2011 11:35:00 AM

    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
AMBYRRR 4/11/2012 9:09:00 AM

    I try to remember to do this; thank you for the reminder!! emoticon
SCULLEN84 4/8/2012 9:47:00 AM

    I also do the sucking in while you walk. It makes my back feel more aligned!
LIZALOT 4/7/2012 6:43:00 AM

    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!
LUCYLU22 5/25/2011 11:49:00 PM

    This is a great idea, thanks so much for sharing!!
LISAKRISTY 5/25/2011 1:12:00 PM

    I gotta start doing this...great tip my friend!
MOTTAMAMALOU 5/25/2011 11:54:00 AM

    I also tighten my abs. It makes my posture better and it also eases up om the low back "achiness."
LEANMEAN2 7/18/2014 5:53:00 AM

    This makes sense. Thanks
HYATTI1 7/14/2014 12:36:00 AM

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CHEBBA 7/13/2014 5:57:00 PM

    What a good idea. Will try to remember to do this! Thank you.
DIAMOND102 7/12/2014 12:17:00 AM

    emoticon information. emoticon I am definitely going to take this to heart and give it a try.
AMBER461 7/11/2014 10:30:00 PM

    I used to do this while walking before, I will have to start back again. Thanks for sharing.
RBOYD41 7/11/2014 1:55:00 PM

    Thank you for the information emoticon
BANNERMAN 7/11/2014 1:46:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing.
PROPMAN1 7/10/2014 1:23:00 PM

    Good thing to remember...when i do...it's a good thing.
PROPMAN1 7/10/2014 1:21:00 PM

    When i think about it...i do it. It's just the remembering part...
PROPMAN1 7/10/2014 1:20:00 PM

    When i think about it...i do it. It's just the remembering part...
UKNOWITNOW 7/10/2014 11:12:00 AM

    Sounds good to me.
DELLMEL 7/10/2014 9:48:00 AM

    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.
VAINVT 7/10/2014 8:29:00 AM

    Great idea, and it takes very little effort.
GRALAN 2/22/2014 1:58:00 AM

    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!
RJANECEK2 12/17/2012 12:24:00 AM

    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.
MARYELLEN301 10/25/2012 8:58:00 PM

    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!
HYATTI1 10/19/2012 6:33:00 PM

    I know this move...I just have a hard time keeping with it.
JLLOVETT 10/16/2012 10:53:00 AM

    I used to do this all the time - I'll start doing it again, thanks!
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GOODLOOKIN69 10/14/2012 11:11:00 AM

    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.
LEANMEAN2 10/10/2012 7:27:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing
CYDNEYLEECH 10/10/2012 5:10:00 AM

    Great reminder. Thanks!
KASEYSUNDANCER 10/9/2012 8:40:00 PM

    I used to do this, a long time ago, and it really worked. Thanks for reminding me of this great tip!
JANEA56 10/9/2012 5:04:00 PM

    Thanks good tip I must remember to do this. emoticon
JANETTEB553 10/9/2012 4:16:00 PM

    good tip emoticon
ROZEEROZ1 10/9/2012 3:30:00 PM

    Thanks for this info. Will do this.
FITWITHIN 10/9/2012 1:52:00 PM

    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.
LYNCHD05 10/9/2012 10:48:00 AM

    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.
AMARILYNH 10/9/2012 10:27:00 AM

    Great idea - I love combining areas of exercise and this makes total sense! emoticon
FUZZIEBEAR3 10/9/2012 10:09:00 AM

    Thanks for the tip and the reminder!
WALKSINLIGHT 10/9/2012 9:53:00 AM

    I love simple and this one is really simple and effective - thanks for sharing
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OSMRPRTR 10/9/2012 9:07:00 AM

    GREAT idea!!!! emoticon
PRAYINGHANDS35 10/9/2012 7:20:00 AM

    Thank you for sharing. Will have to remember this when I walk today. emoticon
KALIOPPE 10/9/2012 6:46:00 AM

    Great idea. I'm going to try this next time I walk.
CMORISAK 10/9/2012 6:07:00 AM

    Need to do this more often
MINDYBEEMAN 4/14/2012 6:54:00 PM

    Thanks for the really great tip. I have back problems and try to walk every day. This should help.
CDICKERSON20 4/11/2012 11:10:00 AM

    I will have to try this! :)
RHMORTON 4/10/2012 12:13:00 PM

    Thanks.
JOANNEJI 4/9/2012 12:07:00 PM

    Such an easy addition to even short walks. Why didn't I think of this myself?
DEEJACKSON 4/9/2012 9:45:00 AM

    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!
SUZZQ4LIFE 4/8/2012 1:11:00 PM

    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
MCSABRO 4/8/2012 12:29:00 PM

    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.
DANALMILLAN 4/8/2012 11:29:00 AM

    Thank you for the great tip!
LAURAKOHORST 4/8/2012 11:07:00 AM

    that's awesome advice. Keep moving and keep sucking it in. emoticon
LEANMEAN2 4/8/2012 6:23:00 AM

    Thanks
LEANMEAN2 4/8/2012 6:22:00 AM

    Thanks
LEANMEAN2 4/8/2012 6:21:00 AM

    Thanks
LEANMEAN2 4/8/2012 6:18:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing.
LEANMEAN2 4/8/2012 6:17:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing.
FRIENDOFBACH 4/7/2012 11:54:00 PM

    Good idea!
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NESTISEMPTY 4/7/2012 9:06:00 PM

    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.
GINGERVISTA 4/7/2012 8:56:00 PM

    emoticon ideas!!!!! emoticon
AMBER461 4/7/2012 7:46:00 PM

    Thanks for the tip. I walk six days a week I have to remember to do it. .
MFLEESAK 4/7/2012 7:21:00 PM

    That's really smart. Thank you!!!
CINNABAR99 4/7/2012 4:01:00 PM

    I walk almost every day. Will have to remember to tighten up. Thanks for the tip.
PINK4YOUTOO 4/7/2012 3:44:00 PM

    That's what I call ... multi-tasking! Thanks!!
BANNERMAN 4/7/2012 2:19:00 PM

    Keep up the good work.
ACICEDA 4/7/2012 2:11:00 PM

    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.
INGMARIE 4/7/2012 1:51:00 PM

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THEEASYKILL30 4/7/2012 1:46:00 PM

    I have to remember to do this!
DARLENEK04 4/7/2012 1:20:00 PM

    Wow, great idea. Anything that helps my bad back Sparks me..............
CHERYLSBUTT 4/7/2012 12:47:00 PM

    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
FITWITHIN 4/7/2012 12:42:00 PM

    I do this all the time while walking and running.
DUTCH1811 4/7/2012 12:39:00 PM

    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.
SHIRLEY721 4/7/2012 11:45:00 AM

    Sounds good to me.i think I'll start when I walk today.
SSIDDEN 4/7/2012 11:40:00 AM

    WELL SQUEESEING THE STOPACH SND CORE MUSCLES..THAT WOULD BE IN INTERESTING FEET!!
BOLEBRON 4/7/2012 11:24:00 AM

    I knew that but I forgot. Thank you for the reminder. What is fusion surgery? I hope you feel better emoticon
SUEPERSTARS 4/7/2012 10:40:00 AM

    This is such a great, simple idea! Thanks!
PYNETREE 4/7/2012 9:48:00 AM

    Great hint...good reminder... emoticon
DEARTOMYHEART 4/7/2012 9:47:00 AM

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon
AUNTB63 4/7/2012 9:13:00 AM

    I try doing this when I remember.....I will start remembering more often thanks to your tip....
CMORISAK 4/7/2012 9:01:00 AM

    I love this...I am going to work really hard on doing this all the time.

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