How healthy is stomach vacuum?

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    How healthy is stomach vacuum?

    I was browsing as usual and I saw the stomach vacuum exercise that strengthen your inner abs and .. etc
    Does anyone here tried it? Is it healthy? what is it's benefits?
    If there's any trusted link or research/article on that please share it

    #2
    I did it for a while and while I didn't do it long enough to see any effects I can tell you that there are absolutely no negative health effects.
    The stomach vacuum is basically "suck in your stomach for a minute" and sucking in the stomach is a thing that people all over the world already do regularly, albeit for shorter timespans.
    If you eat until you're almost bursting and then do the stomach vacuum for a minute you will actually start feeling better and not as miserable (I tested this over Christmas).

    I think this is even one of the abs exercises that is not harmful to do during pregnancy, though you shouldn't quote me on that and ask your doctor first.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Noen View Post
      I did it for a while and while I didn't do it long enough to see any effects I can tell you that there are absolutely no negative health effects.
      The stomach vacuum is basically "suck in your stomach for a minute" and sucking in the stomach is a thing that people all over the world already do regularly, albeit for shorter timespans.
      If you eat until you're almost bursting and then do the stomach vacuum for a minute you will actually start feeling better and not as miserable (I tested this over Christmas).

      I think this is even one of the abs exercises that is not harmful to do during pregnancy, though you shouldn't quote me on that and ask your doctor first.
      Thanks Noen I wonder why it's not that popular?

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        #4
        It's not popular because it does not further the goal of fitness, it does not make you more energetic, it doesn't burn kilojoules, it doesn't count for any points on fitocracy and it's not in any way fun.
        The only reason why one would do it is because they either want a more slender midsection or they have discovered its curative abilities when you've overeaten (and I think I'm the only one who knows this).
        That's why nobody talks about it. You can't even see the muscles you use from the outside.

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          #5
          iNTEl Noen would one or both of you mind telling me what this is about? It's too late at night and while it sounds interesting, I'm a bit confused as to what's going on...

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            #6
            Originally posted by Martyn View Post
            iNTEl Noen would one or both of you mind telling me what this is about? It's too late at night and while it sounds interesting, I'm a bit confused as to what's going on...
            It's just an exercise. Noen described it perfectly on another thread but basically stand or sit with your stomach at rest, put your finger in your navel and then try to suck it as far back from your finger as you can. Hold.

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              #7
              It's supposed to work your inner abs, the ones hard to reach with traditional exercises.

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                #8
                iNTEl, Hi! I think I agree with Noen: it's an easy and perfectly healthy stuff. I did it when I got my abs look "bloated" as my inner abs were weak even though my outer abs were already quite developed. I was too weak that time to do planks long enough so this exercise was like a magic wand really. Now I'm stronger and I don't have such problems that's why I stopped doing this exercise

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                  #9
                  K e l l y great, thanks. I may have to try that.

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                    #10
                    LeicaEnergizer Thanks for sharing your experience
                    do you have any article or video .. etc, explaining how to do it correctly?

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                      #11
                      Noen I'm willing to give it a try, but still looking for the correct/best way to do it.

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                        #12
                        iNTEl, there are many varieties and all of them are correct, I suppose. The most basic thing to do is just to inhale as deep as you can and then exhale all the air from you lungs (you can do it breathing out through your mouth) squeezing your abs simultaneously. You'll feel how your ab wall is automatically pulled to your spine and the sense of vacuum inside your empty stomach. Hold as much as you can and repeat as many times as you like. You can feel mild discomfort in your throat but it will go with practice, just bend your neck slightly down

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                          #13
                          I always try to make it independent from my breathing because I link way too many things to my breaths and hold my breath in too many situations.
                          So I simply suck in the stomach as far as I can, both in the middle where the belly button is and directly under the ribcage while continuing some shallow breathing with the chest. And then I look at my watch until 40, 50 or 60 seconds have passed.

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                            #14
                            It sounds like what they insisted we do in boot camp. Enough of a reason to avoid it right there.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Noen View Post
                              I always try to make it independent from my breathing because I link way too many things to my breaths and hold my breath in too many situations.
                              So I simply suck in the stomach as far as I can, both in the middle where the belly button is and directly under the ribcage while continuing some shallow breathing with the chest. And then I look at my watch until 40, 50 or 60 seconds have passed.
                              40 to 60 seconds
                              how many reps do you do?

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