Why it is harmful to constantly suck your stomach in: scientists gave an unexpected explanation
The abdominal muscles are involved in almost every movement of the body: they maintain balance and protect the spine. Scientists have proven that it is very harmful to constantly pull your abdomen in as this excessive tension can lead to serious problems.
There are four main reasons for the development of the "hourglass syndrome": this condition means changes in the structure of the abdominal wall, and if left untreated, internal organs will suffer. Science Alert explains why you shouldn't constantly pull your stomach in.
The first reason is certain congenital diseases (gastroschisis or omphalocele). As a result of the disease, a muscle imbalance is formed.
Poor posture is another reason. The spine deviates from its normal S-shaped curve, which leads to dysfunction of the abdominal muscles. Due to problems with the stomach, liver, or gallbladder, abdominal pain begins, which also causes the muscles to contract, either consciously or involuntarily.
Scientists offer an interesting analogy: imagine that the stomach is a tube of toothpaste, with squeezing in the middle creating pressure from above and below. Muscle retraction reduces the amount of space available for the abdominal organs. This also affects the breathing process as the diaphragm cannot fall into the position it needs. The pressure in the lower part leads to excessive stress on the pelvic floor muscles.
The abdominal cavity decreases in volume, increasing the force exerted on the joints of the spine and pelvis at the same time.
There are currently a limited number of studies on the impact of hourglass syndrome on respiratory capacity, but scientists have shown that excessive abdominal retraction causes a 27-40% decrease in total lung capacity. It is not known whether this leads to long-term changes in breathing capacity, but in the short term, you will feel tired more quickly due to a decrease in oxygen supply to the blood.
Constant abdominal retraction puts a strain on the pelvic floor, leading to bladder, uterus, and rectum disorders.
However, scientists reassure that hourglass syndrome is a reversible condition. Certain exercises can help get rid of muscle imbalances. Even regular Pilates will be useful.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you what not to do in the gym according to the rules of etiquette.