Dieting cannot be properly done without exercise. In order to lose weight, you must exercise in the correct manner. This makes our muscles in our stomach tighter. Sit-ups are an example of exercises that can aid in making the muscles in the stomach tighter.
How is it that this might help in losing weight you might ask? Studies have shown that exercising regularly will strengthen and tighten stomach muscles. These muscles are vital in protecting your internal organs as well as helping us breathe correctly. Good strong muscles also aid in keeping your posture and helping prevent back pain.
Stomach muscles have to be exercised; dieting alone cannot help these muscles. Because the stomach muscles are mainly covered by fat, reducing ones calorie consumption by itself will not help you lose weight. These muscles must be exercised to help burn off the excessive fat stored in your stomach area.
It is suggested that one exercise at least three to five different stomach exercises, three to five times a week, for an effect that is noticeable. Comfort should be the first thing on your mind. Exercises that are comfortable at first will help you build up the ability to increase your repetitions. Exercises should be chosen according to your lifestyle.
San Diego State biomechanics lab director Peter Francis, say that they looked at 13 different exercises for the abdominal area. He says they measured the electrical impulses of muscles in each of the exercise workouts. It was found that three of the exercises caused the muscles to work harder than the rest of the exercises.
The lab determined that the bicycle crunch exercise, reverse curl, and captain’s chair were the exercises that caused the muscles to work harder. All three of these are sit-up type exercises.
A bicycle crunch is where someone lies down, with their lower back against the floor. Then place their arms behind their head. Place their legs at a 45 degree angle, and bring the right knee to their chest while sticking their left leg straight out. They then turn their upper body to the point where their left elbow is touching the right knee, then changes the direction of the turning motion with the right elbow touching the left knee.
A reverse curl is where someone lies flat, raises one of their legs up in the air, bending their knees in a 90 degree angle. Then they lift their hips off of the ground, while keeping their legs in the same position, then returning to the original position.
A captain’s chair is an exercise done by using a chair with no seat bottom. They press their back against the back of the chair, and then put their elbows on the arm rests, gripping the handles tightly. They then take their feet off the foot rests, and let their legs dangle while holding themselves up. They then pull their knees up to their chest and then return them to the original position.
Before attempting any of these exercises, a personal trainer or doctor should be consulted. They will evaluate you and be able to tell you the best type of exercise that is right for you. You must work hard for tighter abs. Results can be seen faster if proper dieting is done by eating the right foods, and exercising every day.