Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Hard Abs Made Easy

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Q. Glen, How can I make my ab exercises more effective?

A.You can make your exercises more effective by using the "drawing-in" maneuver while doing them. "Focus on pulling in the portion of your abs below your navel," Don't confuse this with the way you normally suck in your stomach. It's lower-and tougher-than that.

Contracting the lower abs activates muscles that are attached to the spine. This makes your core (your abdominal and spinal structures) more stable. "When the brain senses that the core is stable, it allows for optimal recruitment of the muscles that are most associated with producing the movement," So pushups and crunches can be done more effectively to work the targeted muscles while reducing your risk of injury.

Lie on your back and place your hands just below your navel. Push your stomach out as much as you can, then contract lightly and hold for 5 to 10 seconds, or as long as you can. Repeat a few times to get the hang of it. Then do it before and during all exercises.

Any personal health questions or problems mental or physical or before starting any diet or exercise program. Please consult your physician !

Wishing You A Healthy Life Style!

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