For any good athlete who respects themselves, the search for a flat stomach is one of the main objectives. Exercising your abdominal muscles is essential to strengthening your core and therefore keep powerful muscles at this level. However, there is a little-known muscle that many athletes are completely unaware of and yet it plays a very important role in maintaining a flat stomach or in your ability to breathe better. The diaphragm muscle!

Having a flat stomach is a major obsession for many people. We struggle to lose weight in the gym, we manage to do so after a lot of hard work, but with the exception of this belly which remains prominent, stubborn and continues to taunt us. You can eliminate five or even ten pounds, but you still have the feeling that the fat in your stomach will never leave you, no matter what you do! We tell ourselves that we’ll never be able to get that beautiful flat belly of those stars who strut across the front page of magazines. And yet, nothing is impossible! You might find out here what you need to do to get rid of that belly that’s been bothering you until you have nightmares.

What’s the diaphragm?

First of all, what we call the diaphragm is an internal muscle located between the thorax and the abdominal cavity. Although invisible, it has a primary role in breathing. It contracts to allow you to breathe in and relaxes to allow you to breathe out. Automatically controlled, it can be controlled by slowing down or speeding up your breathing.

Why develop it?

So far you will say, yes and? Well, even if it is not visible, the diaphragm can be an excellent way to flatten your belly as I said before and improve your breathing capacity during the effort.

The idea is that this muscle constitutes a kind of barrier that helps to maintain your organs and by exercising it, you will allow it to amplify its sheathing capacity. It is this same capacity that will push your belly as far back as possible.

Then, the greater its capacity for contraction and relaxation, the greater the amplitude of your breathing will be and it will be easier to control your breath and to absorb the intensity of your efforts.

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How to develop it?

Accustomed to hearing about exercises that are all more complicated than each other, remember that the development of the diaphragm is, on the contrary, very simple. Just give it some time after each sports session or even in the evening in front of your favorite TV program. A session of 5 to 10 minutes every day is more than enough. You probably agree, but how do you do it? Here’s an example:

TO START: Lie on your back with your arms stretched out along your body or your hands on your stomach.

MOVEMENT: Take a deep Breath with your nose, being careful not to swell your stomach, then breathe out slowly with your mouth until you are out of breath.

SERIES: Do this exercise for a maximum of 10 minutes each day.

In short, the diaphragm is a muscle that deserves to be known, which can be very useful during your next workouts and help you to have that much sought-after flat stomach. However, I would like to point out that it cannot do all the work on its own and that its effectiveness can be seen especially in addition to regular abdominal work. To find new articles about fitness and sport motivation check this amazing blog: 

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