Loose skin resulting from post weight loss training is a common phenomenon generally occurring when the individual training drops a large amount of their weight at one time rather than over a prolonged period leaving the person with a bulky feeling as a result from the loose and sagging skin. As such the individual is now tasked with the responsibility of deciding the best ways to firm up the loose skin, to achieve the desired muscular tone and body physique.
One of the ways recommended for individuals to tighten their loose skin is by firstly drinking lots of water to keep the body nourished and hydrated. This has been proven an effective means of restoring the natural elasticity of the skin and firmness of the tissues.
Today there are several exercises that have been effectively used in conjunction with maintaining a healthy diet and cardiovascular training to tighten loose skin after weight loss training.
Weight lifting is an important aspect of maintaining a healthy body, staying in shape and building muscle mass transforming loose fat and skin into muscle. Lifting free weights occasionally beginning with a minimum of ten pounds gradually increasing the loads each week while training there to four times each week is a great way to begin tightening the loose post workout skin.
The Legs Up Straight Arm Crunch is best performed with the use of a dumbbell for a more challenged effect to tone the upper abdominal muscles. This exercise is performed by laying on the back lifting both legs to a position of ninety degrees to the ground. While gripping the dumbbell both arms are held out straight. While keeping the arms and legs up; the shoulders and upper back are then curled off the floor using the abdominal muscles simultaneously pulling the arms in an upward motion towards the ceiling. This positions held for a singe count before gradually lowering the shoulders to the floor.
The Air Bike similar to the Legs Up Straight Arm Crunch is performed while lying on the back. However both hands are positioned behind the individual’s head, bending the elbows and the knees slightly pulled towards the person. Again using the abdominal muscles the shoulders, neck and head are curled off the floor pulling the left elbow towards the right knee until they are almost toughing each other. Afterwards alternating the right elbow with the left knee completing the similar motion. This exercise is performed alternatively left to right until the required number of reps is completed.
The Side Bridge is used by fitness trainers to tone and strengthen the abdominal muscles. The exercise is performed by laying on one side while placing the weight on the forearm and elbow. The mid-section of the body is raised until the legs and torso are perfectly aligned. This position is held as long as possible.
Tightening the skin around the lower abdominal muscles is generally achieved by performing the Lying Leg Raises. In this exercise the individual lays on the back in a similar position to the Legs Up Straight Arm Crunch, with both legs at an angle of about ninety degrees to the floor. While keeping the legs perfectly straight they are slowly lowered towards the floor as close as possible without touching then lifted towards the upright position using the abdominal muscles completing a single rep.
The Pelvic Thrusts exercise has been found to help to tighten loose skin and tone the lower abdominal muscles after weight loss. The exercise is performed by the person positioning themselves as in the Lying Leg Raises. However instead of lowering and raising the legs, the pelvis region is slowly elevated off the ground in an upward direction, again employing the use of the abdominal muscles and then lowered towards the ground completing a single rep.
Along with these exercises; jogging, running, bicycling, and sit-ups will also help to tighten up loose post workout skin by building muscular mass creating a more toned appearance and returning the skin’s natural elasticity.