When you think of abs, do you automatically think of a toned and sexier figure?
Your abs have a much more important function than just looking good.
Having strong abs benefits you in the following ways:
- Helps to improve your posture
- Strengthens muscles
- Reduces the chances of back injuries
- Stimulates your intestines to regulate your digestive system
- Ease menstrual cramping
Here are a few great tips to keep in mind when exercising your abdominals.
- Use Your Abs
Tighten your abdominal muscles even when you are not doing abdominal exercises. Keeping your abs engaged not only strengthens your abdominal muscles, it retrains your spine to maintain proper posture. Keeping your abs engaged also lengthens your torso, which creates a leaner look.
- Do High Reps of Lower Weights
The lower weights will still strengthen your muscles and have the added benefit of improving muscle endurance. (Do not use more than 10lbs.) The higher repetitions will prevent your muscles from becoming bulky, which can thicken your waist.
- Incorporate Movement
Static exercises, such as crunches and planks, work the muscles through the same repetitive range of motion, which can lead to bulkier muscles. Change up your routine with exercises, such as belly dancing, Latin dance or Hula, that work the hips and torso through their full range of motion including swivels and rotations, pelvic tilts and isolations.
Do you incorporate an abdominal workout into your exercise routine?
How often do you work your abdominals?
Do you have a 'go to' ab routine or favorite ab targeting exercise?