3 Tips for Strengthening Your Abs
By Genevieve Cunningham
Strong toned abs are a goal for many people. There's something about strong abs that screams fit and healthy. Abs help pull the body together and provide strength and balance to the body as a whole. And of course, we all want to feel confident in a swimsuit. But desiring strong abs and obtaining strong abs are two very different things. Actually reaching the goal of strong abs takes work! Luckily, if you're willing to put in that work, earning the abs of our dreams is totally possible. If you're ready to walk around proud of your abs, take a look at these tips for building strength starting now.
You'll probably be surprised at how much you have to work your abs when you simply stand up straight. So many of us have poor posture. We slouch and allow our belly to push forward. But if we improve our posture, it forces us to stand upright, and our belly muscles have to pull inward. This engages them, and the longer we remain upright, the more these muscles are worked. And as a bonus, good posture makes you look and feel better about your body.
Ab Specific Exercises
If you want strong abs, you have to work them! This should include general strength training and cardio, and it also includes ab-specific exercises such as crunches, plank, leg lifts, and sit-ups. There are numerous variations of each of these exercises to keep it challenging and interesting. Add them to each workout, and the muscles in your abdominal section will definitely improve.
Strengthen the Back
The back helps support the abs. Why? Because both ab muscles and back muscles work together to make up the core. If your back muscles are weak, it can force the abs to make up the difference. This leaves them more susceptible to injury and pain. Strengthen the back muscles along with the abdominal muscles, and you'll have a much stronger core overall.
Even if you never have the perfect six-pack, strong abs are a good goal. The stronger your abs, the stronger your body, and the better you'll be able to complete various different tasks in life. Use these tips to start working toward your ab goals now and enjoy the body that comes with your consistent efforts.
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