Best Ab Workout

images (2)For a whole lot years doctors and health experts believed that the main function of our abdominal muscles was to help the spine to flex. And while that is true and it is one of the important functions for our abs, it is certainly not their only function. Our abs are not just there to help the spine be flexible, they are also there to provide stability for the spine. This is how the ab muscles and the area surrounding them became known as “the core,” your abs actually fight gravity to keep your spine upright and straight. When you look at it that way you quickly come to realize why it’s crucial to have strong abs, especially if you want a strong, fit body.

 

Traditional crunches and sit-ups were designed to build the areas of the abs that help the spine flex; when the focus became more to strengthen the overall core, ab exercises got an overhaul. Now experts believe ab workouts are far more effective when you engage all of your core muscles, holding them tight and using them completely in your workout. For instance, getting in a plank position on your elbows and toes as you would for a push-up and holding that pose for 30 seconds is a great way to strengthen your abs. Holding a side plank position is also a wonderful way to work your obliques. Finally, mountain climber is fantastic for abs. Get in a push-up position with your hands on a bench and lift your knees to your chest one at a time.

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