Isometric exercise can be a vital component during weight loss.
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Isometric exercise is a type of training that does not cause the length of your muscles to change while contracting. Compared with isotonic exercises, which produce a visible result of an object being moved (as seen in traditional weight-lifting), isometric exercise produces no obvious movement. Because of its effectiveness for building strength, isometric exercise can be a valuable component in any weight-loss program.
One of the best isometric exercises for toning your core muscles and burning stomach fat is the plank. By supporting your body weight entirely with your arms and simultaneously contracting your abs and glutes, you are forcing your body into a straight line, activating your inner-core muscles. The plank pose also elongates the body and lengthens the neck. To reap the maximum benefits, be sure to avoid hiking your hips into the air, bending your knees or slouching your rib cage toward the ground.
The Lying Leg Hold
Another fantastic isometric exercise for activating your core muscles is the lying leg hold. To execute this action, lie completely flat on your back and keep your legs straight out in front of you. Raise your legs 3 to 5 inches and pull your stomach in tightly. Hold this pose for 30 seconds, then repeat three more times. As you get stronger, increase the amount of time you hold your legs off the ground.
This movement is similar to a plank, except with a slight bend in your elbows to resemble a pushup pose. This static hold activates your inner-core muscles, biceps, triceps, pectorals and shoulders. Get into the pushup position with arms extended and your body parallel to the ground. Lower your body halfway to the ground, and hold that position for 15 to 20 seconds. Repeat this movement three times, increasing the total number of repetitions as your strength improves.
Another isometric exercise that activates muscles in the upper body and will aid in weight loss is the chest press. Begin in a standing or seated position, and press the palms of your hands together in front of your body. Ensure that you have a straight spine with the top of your head pulled toward the sky. Press your palms together for 20 to 30 seconds and then relax. Repeat this movement two or three times to successfully strengthen your chest and back muscles.