I hate cold weather; there is no secret that I can tolerate warm weather better. But what the hell – it’s late January, so it’s not like I have much of a choice, do I? But there is a great way to fight off all that cold aside from wearing a fur coat and instantly produce body heat: Good ol’ Vacuums!
You see it was quarter to 7 in the morning, and I heard a knock in the bedroom door; it was my daughter and she’s ready for school. Man, I overslept – I was supposed to wake up at 6 so I could at least have some meal before taking her to school. Well I had no choice but it was damn cold no matter what I wear and I had nothing in my stomach to burn for calories to keep me a little warm.
So instead of shivering on the road, I tried to do some vacuum holds to see if it helps. And lo and behold: it did help!
The vacuums were able to stimulate enough blood flow and muscular activity to produce enough heat and help alleviate a great deal of discomfort from the very cold weather.Follow @AboutLifting
We have discussed how to do vacuum holds before and it is indeed the greatest way to train your midsection and develop a firmer (and smaller) waistline. Basically you just imagine sucking out all the air from your stomach and try to make it as hollow as possible. You do that while contracting your rectal sphincter simultaneously, therefore working the entire transverse abdominals. You hold that tension for at least ten seconds. And yes this is far more effective and demanding than regular sit-ups.
Try to hold your Stomach like this below (Frank Zane’s vacuum hold for inspiration):
You do that all throughout the day for as often as you can – or need to. Just a warning though: you will get sore from this (which feels good, for me).Follow @AboutLifting
So I hope knowing that fact you will do vacuums more often this cold season then instead of packing on belly fat this winter, you will be rewarded with flatter and “sexier” midsection by spring! Eat your eggs, people!