The benefits of abdominal crunches

Strengthening the muscles in the abdominal cavity leads to better balance and helps to avoid pain in the lower back or back muscle injuries.

I’ve always wondered if all of those abdominal crunches I force myself to do are actually beneficial. I decided to do some research and make sure I was doing them correctly and that they are worthwhile. An abdominal crunch is done while lying on the floor on the back. The knees are bent and the hands placed behind the head to support the neck. It’s important to think about pulling the belly towards the spine with the back as flat as possible. Slowly, the shoulder blades are brought up several inches from the floor while the abdominal muscles are contracted. The neck needs to be kept straight with the chin up, and it’s recommended to exhale. The position is held for a few seconds before the body is lowered back down. The purpose of abdominal crunches is to tone the core muscles of the body. It is an exercise designed to strengthen these muscles while also improving posture and increasing mobility and flexibility of the muscles. This type of exercise isn’t overly effective at burning fat. However, the repetitive motion builds muscle mass and improves the body’s ability to more efficiently burn fat. Plus, a half hour of crunches can burn up to 300 calories. Physical therapists, doctors and fitness professionals agree that abdominal crunches provide unique health benefits. Strengthening the muscles in the abdominal cavity leads to better balance and helps to avoid pain in the lower back or back muscle injuries. After reading a whole bunch of fitness blogs, I’m convinced that I need to keep doing abdominal crunches. I’ve discovered that there’s lots of variations on this simply exercise. Simply by adjusting body position or motion, I can target different muscles and increase intensity.

 

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