Forget sit-ups!...but remember planking

Sit-ups are considered the one exercise we should NEVER do…It’s because we usually attempt them after months if not years of doing little or no activity (you know around resolution time) and they have found about 1/3 of us will only end up doing sit-ups poorly and end up injuring ourselves. Not only that a study of people who started to do them vs. those who didn’t do sit-ups daily found that after six weeks, the sit-ups made no difference to waist size or the amount of stomach fat. However, we are not completely off the hook. They say we should try planking instead.

So try the plank instead 

  •  Lie face down resting on your toes and forearms, with fists clenched.
  • Squeeze the buttock muscles and thighs and push your heels together. Tuck your pelvis under slightly to switch on the low abdominals.

Try the plank instead!

  • Your body should be rigid, like a plank: make sure your back and bottom aren’t raised, and that you aren’t sagging in the middle.
  • Relax your facial muscles, and don’t forget to breathe. Hold for up to 30 seconds to start with.

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