Today we are going to discuss abdominal crunches or sit-ups and the reason why is because many people – especially those who are just starting an exercise program – think sit-ups are required to lose the belly fat and firm up the tummy muscles.
Well, nothing could be further from the truth and you need to know why.
First of all, it would take 250,000 sit-ups to lose 1 pound of belly fat. And this is virtually impossible.
Secondly, sit-ups are one of the worst exercises for your lower back and often times cause you to have lower back pain. And too many sit-ups will cause postural distortions in your spine and this is the absolute last thing you want. This also includes sit-ups that incorporate a twist where you try and touch your elbow to the opposite knee. This exercise is also called the bicycle.
So, unless you are a high performance athlete or you are of above-average fitness and you are well experienced in the gym, this is what you need to do to lose the belly fat and firm up your tummy muscles.
And yes, this is a good goal to have because both of these things can seriously affect your health and longevity in a negative way.
The key to a flat and firm tummy always starts in the kitchen! No bread, no pasta and no sugar of any kind (fruit and fruit juice included) should ever enter your diet. Plain and simple!
Your cardio training is a must to elevate your metabolic rate which will access and burn that stored belly fat.
A few months ago we learned about a better way to exercise.
This is your high intensity interval training (HIIT) and you need to do this!
And for those of you who have a gym membership my favorite pieces of equipment for this are the treadmill, the elliptical machine and the spin bike for those of you who are more advanced.
Lastly, do your planks! Regular planks for beginners. Side planks and hard planks for those who are more advanced. And you can YouTube instructional videos on how to do planks safely and effectively.
If you can incorporate these 3 things into your routine on a regular basis, not only will you look better and feel better, but you will significantly reduce the amount of stress on your heart.
You will also lower your insulin levels. Too much insulin in your body has been linked to some of the degenerative diseases.
And you will also strengthen the muscles in posture quadrant 3 which is your lower back and your pelvis.
Remember that posture quadrant 3 is so very important because it is the main stabilizer of your entire posture system.
I hope you have found this helpful and as always, if you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have, please call me! Consultations in our office are always free of charge.
These include a detailed postural analysis. Family appointments are also available where we can check you and the kids all at the same time. And the reason we offer these is because spinal problems tend to run in families.
Our phone number here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link found on our home page.
Remember that good posture is always by design and never by circumstance.
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