Some Stretches Good for Stomach Tightening

Your muscles work in pairs to create opposing forces, which allow you to stretch and tighten particular areas of your body. Following this idea, your abdominal muscles and your back muscles work together to stretch and tighten your torso, which is also called your core. When you tighten one group of muscles, the opposing group stretches. Maintaining a tight abdomen helps protect your lower back from injury and gives stability to the rest of your body.

Have A Good Morning
In the morning or at the beginning of a workout, your body needs to get warmed up for activity. To slowly ease into the day, perform yoga's cat-cow stretch, which will stretch and tighten both your back and stomach. Begin on your hands and knees on a mat. Have your knees directly under your hips and your hands directly under your shoulders. Curl your toes under. Inhale and curve your lower back downward, dropping your belly toward the floor as your raise your head. As you exhale, round your back, tighten your stomach and lower your head. Repeat five to 10 times.

Don't Forget Your Sides
The sides of your stomach also need to be tightened and stretched. As you bend one way, you'll notice that one side of your stomach crunches and tightens, while the other side stretches. Stand with your feet flat on the ground and shoulder-width apart. Inhale as you raise your hands up above your head and press your palms together. As you exhale, slowly begin to bend your body to the right side, keeping your hips stable. Inhale and return to standing. Exhale and bend your body to the left side. Inhale and return to standing. Repeat the sequence three to eight times one each side.

Add a Little Rotation
Rotation of your spine is an effective way to tighten your stomach muscles and stretch out your back. Sit on a mat with your feet extended out in front of you. Bend your knees slightly, but keep your heels planted firmly on the ground. Hold a light medicine ball (approximately 1 to 3 pounds) in your lap with both your hands. Tighten your abdominal muscles to protect your lower back. Lift the medicine ball and hold it close to your body, in front of your chest. Keeping your spine straight, exhale and rotate to look over your right shoulder. Inhale and return to the center. Exhale and rotate to look over your left shoulder. Repeat the sequence 10 to 12 times on each side.

Advance Inch By Inch
To challenge yourself, advance to an inchworm exercise. In this exercise, contract your abdominal muscles while at the same time stretching out your lower back, upper back and legs. Begin in a standing position with your feet together. Tighten your abdominals, exhale and bend forward at the hips. Place your fingers on the floor. Slightly bend your knees to reduce the stress on your hamstrings. Gradually walk your fingers forward away from your feet until your hips and head are level with the floor. Walk your feet toward your hands and return to standing. Repeat 10 to 12 repetitions.