Exercise for Healthy Abs Now
Article by Renee’ Barnes-Orozco
TO EXERCISE FOR HEALTHY ABS NOW IS IN YOUR BEST INTEREST
Having a weak core of abs is detrimental to your health. Weak abs usually means a weak back and neck. Strong abs help you have less back aches, keep your internal organs in their proper place, as well as helping you to enjoy wearing those favorite clothes with pride.
YOU NEED MORE THAN ONE TYPE OF EXERCISE TO MAXIMIZE THE HEALTH OF YOUR ABS
Most people know about the traditional crunches to help tighten the abs area. They’ve been modified over time – from sit-ups to crunches and planks.
You need more than this to fully strengthen and tighten your abs for good health. You need to work your whole body to give you the best hope for full health. Almost everything you do involves your abs and back (and balance).
*Bending or leaning over to pick something up*The process of sitting down*Getting up out of bed*Walking and running*Getting in and out of a vehicle*Balancing on your toes to reach for something above you ( a glass or bowl?)
Have you ever had to do any of this with sore stomach muscles or a hurt back or side? If so, you’ll quickly realize how important it is to keep your core (abs and overall middle section and back) healthy.
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO TO GAIN HEALTHIER ABS?
Exercise your whole body. Crunches and planks are a good start, but your body gets tired of just doing them after a few weeks. You need cardio to help burn off calories and burn energy to help reduce fat, but, again, you need variety to avoid having your body getting bored.
* Activities that require you to stop and start, increase your speed to get something and then slow down (a little) and speed up again are great for your core – like basketball, soccer, football, tennis, tag and so on. Oh and yes, rock climbing (there’s indoor ones) – you’ll sleep well.
*Just plain short sprints alternated with jogging (back and forth for variety) are good to do – makes our body not sure when it’ll be challenged and will help you recover from activity faster so you’re ready for the next sprint or full out run.
*Push-ups and pull-ups are great for not just your arms and back. Those abs work nice and hard to help support your arms while you do those activities.
*Squats and lunges (my personal nemesis) work your legs, hips and – yes- your abs and back. You must balance to keep from losing your balance.
*Reverse leg lifts, etc. are harder than crunches.*Forward kicks and sidekicks can certainly work you out. I dare you not to sweat! Try 50 of each in a period of 5 minutes. How do you feel? You feel it in the quadriceps, but if you focus, you’ll feel it in your abs very nicely. (I do mine while throwing my dog his ball for catch)
Last note – you need to work on having good balance and flexibility for good abs health. Try some of the simple yoga moves and then progress as you master the basics. I’ve heard that flexibility is important for your health. I think it helps reduce the pulling of muscles. Now that doesn’t mean that you must do the extreme flexes and bends that they do. Just be healthy and do what your body tells you what you can do. Eventually, you will become more flexible. It’s the same thing for balance. It helps strengthen your core muscles. The stronger they are, the better you are able to hold your balance. (I have tinnitus – so one day I’ll get there).
So much more to cover, but only so much space. In the meantime, exercise for healthy abs now for a healthier life.
P.S. Please be sure to check with your doctor before starting a diet or exercise plan.
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