Abdominal Crunches: Benefits, Steps To Do It

Abdominal crunches are a popular exercise that when performed properly engages all the abdominal muscles. It works for six-packs to tighten your belly.

To perform abdominal crunch:

Lay down on the floor, your knees bent. Place your hands behind your head or across the chest region. Don't pull your neck or press your head hard with your fingers. The idea is to support your neck and not to help your abs or to take away the work of your abs. Keep your back and your belly flattened.

While preparing for the movement pull your belly button towards your spine. Now, slowly contract your abdominals while bringing your shoulder blades about 1 to 2 inches off the floor. Keep your chin up, neck straight, and exhale as you come up. As you reach uphold at the top of the movement for a few seconds. Slowly lower your back. Continue it, repeat it 15 to 20 times.

Some amazing benefits of abdominal crunches are:

Burns calories:

These exercises are an excellent way to burn calories in the body. It helps to reduce fat, which is known as a problem associated with many lifestyle diseases like obesity and diabetes. It helps to increase muscle mass in the abdominal region, the body metabolism increases, and fats are burned.

According to studies conducted, it has been established that a half-hour of crunches has the ability to burn an amazing amount of calories – 300 to be exact! Of course, with the 7 Minute Workout, you will not be performing abdominal crunches for about half-hour at a time; however, when you do perform them, you will burn calories.

Better posture and balance:

Abdominal workouts improve body posture when sitting or standing. It even contributes to reducing back pain associated with bad posture. These workouts target abdominal muscles and strengthen the muscles around the spine which helps to improve the posture by distributing the bodyweight correctly. Good posture also increases confidence. It even helps to improve balance and stability by strengthening the core.

Reduces back pain:

If you have weak abdominal muscles it can contribute to lower back pain. People complaining about lower back pain is common, be it from any background. Abdominal exercise targets back muscles, lower back muscles that are not exercised become rigid in the joint areas which may even lead to chronic back pain. This exercise may help them to be more flexible and less rigid which can reduce lower back pain.

These are some of the benefits of crunches. Crunches are known to be the main abs exercise for decades. For your overall body development abs building is a must. Building your abs is one part of developing your core muscles for stability and performance. To learn the best way to do exercise contact fitness trainers.


Fitness Coach & Trainer

1. Suraj Prasad - Fitness Coach & Trainer - Uptopia Life Coach in Siliguri, West Bengal, India.

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