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FIT 24 DAYS ABS CHALLENGE

Staying physically active is very important and especially if we consider the stressful lives we all lead. We need to pay more attention to ourselves and don’t allow our busy schedules get in the way of our health and overall well-being. So ABS exercises are very important to every body.

Starting a new fitness routine is always difficult, but only at the beginning, until you get used to it, after a while it will become an indispensable part of your everyday life.

Reverse Crunches

Laying on the ground on your back, lift both legs into the air. Placing your arms out to your sides, lift the lower half of your body and your legs upward as if you are trying to curl your entire body backward. Lower your body back downward and repeat.

Reverse crunches are one of basic abs strengthening exercises that also improve stability throughout the lower back, hips, and spine. The main purpose of this exercise is to provide your lower ab muscles with strength and flexibility. This exercise is not harmful as it can fix your posture as well

Plank

Lie with your stomach down. Bend your elbows to a 90 degrees angle. Your body should be flat while you support your body on your forearms and toes. Keep your abs tight. Trying to balance with your assembled feet will increase the abs muscle pressure. Keep your legs tight and straight. The lower body muscles are activated as well. Your back should be straight as well as the rest of your body. Bring the stomach in, but don’t stop breathing. Keep your elbows under the shoulders.

Benefits of Doing Planks

Planking has become increasingly popular for core strengthening, and for good reason: it works – in large part because it engages multiple muscle groups simultaneously. What are some of the benefits you can expect from adding this exercise to your regular routine?1

1.A Toned Belly

Planking will help build your deep inner core muscles that lay the groundwork for that six-pack look. As your abdominal muscles become stronger, your mid-section will tighten.

Keep in mind, however, that in order to really get “six-pack” abs, you have to shed fat. For men that would be a body fat of about 6 percent, and women around 9 percent, in order to achieve that classic six-pack. This is not necessarily healthy.

2.Reduce Back Pain

Planks work for back pain because they strengthen your core, which has the pleasant “side effect” of reducing back pain. They also strengthen your back muscles, especially those in your upper back. According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE):2

“Because the plank exercise requires minimal movement while contracting all layers of the abdominal fascia, it is an excellent way to strengthen the core, which, in turn, helps reduce low-back pain.”

3.Flexibility

While building strength, planks also increase flexibility in your posterior muscle groups. The muscles around your shoulders, collarbone, and shoulder blades will expand and stretch (an area that often receives little attention), as will your hamstrings and even the arches of your feet and your toes.

If you do a side plank, you can also stretch out your sides (especially if you extend your arm up over your head in line with your body). To increase the stretching benefits, try a rocking plank – once in basic plank form, rock your body back and forth by moving your toes a few inches either way.

4.Improve Your Mood

Virtually every exercise has the potential to give you a mood boost, and planks are no exception. Planks are unique, however, in that they help stretch and ultimately relax muscles groups that often become stiff and tense from prolonged sitting. The tension release that planks provide is uplifting for your spirit.

5.Improve Your Balance and Posture

To do a plank correctly, you must engage your abs to stay upright. Side planks or planks with extensions are particularly beneficial for building balance, as are planks performed on a stability ball. To test and strengthen your balance, try a side plank with a leg raise – get into side plank position, then lift your top leg and hold for one count. Lower it and repeat, then switch sides.4 In addition, planks work all the muscles you need to maintain proper posture, like your back, chest, shoulders, abs, and neck. If you do planks regularly, you’ll find you’re able to sit or stand up straighter with ease.

Leg Raises

Lie on your back on an exercise mat (or soft ground). Wedge your hands under your butt. Slightly raise your shoulders and feet off the floor (keep a slight bend in your knees) – that’s the starting position. Using your abs, raise your legs to approx. 30 degrees. Keep the rest of your body steady. Then slowly lower your legs back to the starting position (don’t let them touch the floor). Repeat until you complete your reps.

Benefits of Lying Leg Raises With Hip Thrust This exercise involves not only your thigh, hip flexor,lower ab muscles but also your glutes. Lying leg raises with hip thrust strengthen your thighs, round your hips, tone your belly and define your glutes. The exercise helps to burn extra calories as well

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