Health Tips for Seniors

Six Pack Abs – Know the Facts

When we see people with excellent six pack abs we admire them. If we do around hundred sit ups a day we also can get a good shaped mid section, if not six pack.

Myth alert!

Not all we hear from experts or from people around us are true. Reason for not getting a perfect abs may be because we are not doing it right. Then it is just waste of time. So before doing the exercises we need to know the myths and the truths.

Myth 1: Abdominal muscle and regular muscle are not the same

Abdominal muscle and regular muscle are not the same. This is untrue. A muscle is a muscle whether abdominal or any other. Only the location is different. Abdominal muscles are located against the stomach and the intestines.

Myth 2 : Strong abs = strong back

If you work on your abs, you get a good abs but nothing more than that. By just working on one part of the body other parts also get the benefit. You have to choose the right exercises concerning all parts of the body.

Myth 3: Train your abs at least on alternative days

They say that you need to train your abs hard enough twice a week, that is to give them time for recovery. The key is to choose exercises that fatigue your abs, so that they actually need recovery time. Include exercises that use the abs functionality. Since abs are used to stabilize the body, holding a push up position without letting your body sag will really feel and develop your abdominal muscles

Myth 4 High repetitions give quick results

High repetition will result in waste of your time only. It does not strengthen your stomach much.

Myth 5 Sit-ups can help one develop hard rock abs

Many doctors advise not to do sit-ups and crunches. These cause pulling of abdominal muscles tightly, and this pulling puts stress on the neck. The over-doing of crunch type exercises may even lead to the reduction of thoracic extension and contributes to bad posture.

Myth 5 Great abs comes only with years of workout

Your aim is just to reduce the flab around your stomach. For some people it takes weeks and for some others a few more weeks. It is incorrect to say that it takes years.

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