How To Make Your Abs Workout Better?

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Make Your Abs Workout Better!

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Just to get better abs, are you religiously doing planks and sit-ups? Also feeling the burn? But wait a minute, your core is not on fire – your neck is aching, lower back is throbbing and you feel a strain in your hips. This isn’t what was expected! Are you facing this problem? If so, you are doing your abs exercises all wrong.

While working out you should not tilt your hips forward as it turns off the muscles of the abs and exhausts the other parts of the body. For instance, your hip flexors that are usually tight because of all the sitting you do all day may become overworked. You might also be pulling your neck or arching the back instead of engaging your core.

Here are a few changes that need to be made to your abs workout to reduce pressure on your hips, neck and back. With the fixes mentioned below, you will be firing the areas you actually want to tone.

The plank

The issue: When you let your hips sag, your abs will not be doing any work. It is an ineffective way of building core strength and curving your lower back can cause pain too.

forearm-plank

How to fix it?

When you hold the plank position, imagine that you are having a belt buckle around the waist. Try to pull that belt buckle upwards and into your belly button. Doing so will force the abs to hold you up and prevent the hips from sagging.

There is one more trick, try pulling your hipbones together to include your pelvic floor too. It is one part of the core that is usually forgotten.

Sit-ups

The issue: While doing sit-ups your hips are bent forward and force you to use hip flexors to do the move.

sit-ups-how to make your abs workout better

How to fix it?

Simply forget the sit-ups and try to do pelvic tilts. Lie down on the floor with your knees bent and the feet on the ground. Flatten your back against the floor and engage your abs. Next, without raising the tailbone off the floor tilt the pelvis to arch your back. These pelvic tilts can make a person sore especially someone who has been always been doing sit ups.

Leg Drops

The issue: It is but natural to arch and flatten the back while lowering and raising the legs. Doing so not just tenses your lower back but makes your shoulders and neck overwork for the lack of ab strength.

Leg-Drops-Exercise how to make abs workout better

How to fix it?

Lie down on your back and raise your legs up in the air at 90 degrees. Lower both your legs slowly towards the floor and then lift them up again. If it is not possible to keep your upper body relaxed and your back flattened on the ground, try doing heel taps instead. To begin, lie down on your back with your hips and knees at 90 degrees. Brace the belly and lower one leg down so that your heel taps the floor and then return the leg to the starting position. Switch legs and repeat. Ensure that your back is pressed to the floor when you do this move.

Bridge

The issue: If you depend on your back to bring your hips into the air, you can overuse that area and aggravate it.

bridge toned body

How to fix it?

Lie on your back on the ground with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Keep your arms by your side. Now, raise your hips and focus on lifting them straight above the head and towards the wall behind and not the ceiling.

Farmer Walk

The issue: Your spine gets out of alignment

farmer's walk - how to make abs workout better

How to fix it?

Hold a kettlebell in one hand. Walk in slow motion to the other side of the room. Utilize your core in order to maintain a straight and upright posture. If it feels as though you are leaning on one side while walking, it shows that your belly is not engaged.

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