A small waistline; the most sought after prize in the world of body shaping. Every woman desires to to have a flat, fat free, abdominal area. Yet, almost every woman struggles to achieve this goal. Why?
No, it's not because you are a short torso. That only means you won't see as much narrowing of the waist, but you can have flat abs too.
Weak Pelvic Floor
Did you know that your pelvic floor is kind of like the foundation of the upper body? The strength or weakness you experience in your abdominal is directly related to the pelvic floor! Do as many abdominal exercises as you want, but if your foundation is weak, you will not get the reshaping you're after. Pelvic floor muscles are primary stabilizers, so when they are weak, forcing other muscles to do a job not designed for them, it creates muscular imbalance.
What in the world is that? Diastasis Recti (also known as abdominal separation) is a disorder defined as a separation of the rectus abdominis muscle into right and left halves. Normally, the two sides of the muscle are joined at the linea alba in the midline of the body. This is a condition frequently created during pregnancy and occasionally in cases of extreme weight gain. It doesn't really cause any harm but it does prevent you from getting the flat abs you want when you start working out on the floor. The simplest way to begin bring the muscles back together is by doing breathing exercises: Inhale big, exhale and pull the belly button together and to the spine. Do this several times throughout the day to see results. And of course, your standing T-Tapp workout will also help to bring the muscles back together.
The muscles in the abdominal wall can also be inhibited by gut inflammation. Inflammation in your gut can be caused by several different things. Food intolerances are a big one! If you've read my newsletters for very long, you know that I'm a firm believer in healing the body–even down to healing from food intolerances. However, that healing might only happen if you remove the offending foods while you work to heal your digestive system. It's also possible to have fungal infections of all kinds–yeast, giardia, and the like. Or you may simply have dysbiosis which is more bad bacteria than good in your gut. If you've taken any antibiotics, it's a good idea to spend a few months on a very good quality probiotic.
Obviously, this list is exhaustive, but more of a springboard for you to start thinking in terms of why you're not seeing shrinkage of the waistline. Tell me what you think. Have you had successes in re-shaping your body by addressing these issues?