Keeping your abdominal muscles strong is more important than just having a six-pack or washboard stomach – your core muscles which also include the lower back, hip flexors, rotators and gluteals - along with the abs - keep your body stable and upright, among other benefits.
Strengthening options for your abdominal muscles include the traditional, such as crunches and planks, as well as other core work which can be found in the stretching workouts on this website and should be incorporated into your daily exercise routine. If your abdominal muscles are weak, it can hyperextend your erector spinae muscles by not adequately tilting the pelvis forward for proper positioning of the lumbar spine.
You use your abdominal muscles for physical activity every day. Standing, lifting and twisting, whether it’s putting away groceries or carrying your toddler, require use of your ab muscles. Sitting at an office desk all day engages your abdominal muscles too. Strong ab muscles make using perfect posture an easier task. When sitting at your desk, take a few minutes every hour to sit tall, contract your ab muscles and adjust your posture to ward off any soreness or injuries later.
Please Note: The material on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice. Always consult your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise program.