The abdomen (commonly called the belly, tummy, etc.) is the body space between the thorax (chest) and pelvis (1). The Pelvis is the lower part of the trunk of the human body between the abdomen and the thighs. (2)
The abdomen contains:
- all the digestive organs, including the stomach, small and large intestines, pancreas, liver, and gallbladder. These organs are held together loosely by connecting tissues (mesentery) that allow them to expand and to slide against each other.
- the kidneys and spleen
- The aorta and the inferior vena cava
Many important blood vessels including the aorta (the aorta is the main artery that carries blood away from your heart to the rest of your body (3) , inferior vena cava ( The inferior vena cava (or IVC) is a large vein that carries the deoxygenated blood from the lower and middle body into the right atrium of the heart (4) , and dozens of their smaller branches (smaller veins).
The blood that leaves the heart has oxygen in it (oxygenated blood), after our bodies have made use of this oxygen, this oxygen-depleted blood (deoxygenated blood) has to be taken back to the heart to be replenished (with oxygen in the heart). lol. All of these take place before you can even blink an eye, it’s the reason you are not in a hospital at the moment.
In the front, the abdomen is protected by a thin, tough layer of tissue called fascia. In front of the fascia are the abdominal muscles and skin. In the rear of the abdomen are the back muscles and spine.
The Abdominal Muscles
The muscles of the abdomen are made up of the muscles situated in front and to the side of the abdominal wall and the muscles situated towards the back and the end of the abdominal wall. These muscles work together to protect the internal organs (viscera) by covering them completely. They also help to provide postural support, assist in forceful expiration and increase the intra-abdominal pressure in activities such as sneezing, coughing, lifting, urinating, defecating and childbirth. The muscles of the abdomen also help with movement of the vertebral column and rotation of the trunk.
The anterolateral (situated in front and to the side)abdominal wall consists of four layers- skin, superficial fascia (connective tissue), muscles and parietal peritoneum. The muscles of the anterolateral abdominal wall include flat and vertical muscles. The flat muscles are stacked on top of each other and have fibres that run in different directions, helping to strengthen the abdominal wall. There are two vertical muscles in the anterolateral abdominal wall, and these are situated near the midline of the body.
The posterior abdominal wall is made up of the lumbar vertebrae, pelvic girdle, five posterior abdominal muscles and their associated fascia. Major nerves, vessels and organs are located on the inner surface of the posterior abdominal wall. (6)
The core (or torso) is simply the central part of the body from which extend the arms, legs and neck. Now, take a moment to identify your Core or Torso.
This, inadvertently, means that all we have discussed so far can be found in the core. The major muscles of the core reside in the area of the belly .
The fat you can pinch is subcutaneous fat. The fat inside your belly (the visceral fat) can be seen and measured, but not pinched. (7)
Belly dance emphasizes complex movements of the torso. Belly dance strenghtens the abdominal muscles by emphasizing these complex movements. And when the muscles in your core is strenghtened, your belly will be flatter, because those guys will hold the tummy hard and keep that flabbiness in check!
I amassed my share of abdominal fat when I decided to indulge in this (8) (check case scenario 3)
I ended up with a “well protruded belly”, I kept it in check with girdles, but before long, I got tired, I wanted tummy like this;
I have done a lot and they are working out. Recently, I decided to try something new; Belly Dancing.
- choose your songs;
- select the part of your body you want to work on;
- select your movements
- choose the songs that will blend with the chosen movements
- Choose the duration of your dance routine
For now, I use three songs;
- How can I (9)
- Brown Skin Girls (10)
- Instrumental (11) Number 11 will most certainly help you to break a sweat and helps to tighten your Core muscles.
Usually, I get severe hunger pangs if I do not drink my Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) mixture (I make with water, honey and ACV) or wear my girdle.
But since I resumed dancing, particularly Belly Dancing; Chale! my tummy has been holding itself together; in addition to controlling my appetite, it is like someone cast my tummy in metal. I do about 15 minutes in the morning and my! my! it has been a miracle.Tweet
I have tried it, you should…
Now, I am hearing you say; “but I am too stiff, I cannot even shake successfully”, my dear, begin from somewhere.
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