Today we’re going to flatten the tummy (work those abs) and strengthen the pelvic floor too.
Some of the best pelvic floor exercises are also the best abs exercises as well. Specifically pelvic floor breathing exercises.
Research shows deep pilates breathing (a technique you’ll learn in this workout video) contract and exercise the internal abs known as the transversus abdominis (the muscles in charge of pulling in your stomach).
At the exact same time this breathing technique contracts the pelvic floor and the diaphragm too!
After the age of 50 much like all muscles, the pelvic floor muscles get weaker if we don’t exercise them. A weak pelvic floor affects your quality of life limiting your ability to do impact exercises or heavy lifting (such as lifting your grand kids, or a bag of gardening soil) because you’re always worried it may cause dribbles, or worse you may experience prolapse (your muscles can’t hold up your bladder and it descends. You may even need surgery).
But by strengthening your pelvic floor, you can strengthen those muscles in charge of keeping your bladder exactly where it should be. And you can do this all while flattening your tummy.
Now that’s a win, win!
For this workout, the exhale is the most important. Purse your lips and pretend you’re blowing up a balloon. The most effective way to do that is actually blow air into a balloon! So, while you definitely don’t need any equipment for this workout, if you happen to have a balloon, grab one and use it for maximum abs contraction.
Are you ready, let’s get started!
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