Your abdominal muscles (abs) sit between your ribcage and your pelvis. Along with your back muscles, they help form the part of your body called the core. The core helps you stay balanced and keeps your spine protected. Most common physical activities — such as walking or running — rely on a strong core.
Many people neglect to exercise their abdominal muscles. Doing so can lead to health problems such as obesity, bad posture, and weakness. Therefore, it’s important to exercise your abs to make sure they stay strong.
Some of the most common ab exercises target your lower abdominal muscles. This is one area where fat is stored in the body. Body fat is needed to some extent, to help you stay warm and equipped with enough energy-burning material. However, too much body fat is not good.
Lower abdominal exercises focus on tightening and strengthening the abdominal area. If worked enough, they can also help you lose belly fat and harden to form defined muscles called a six pack.
It’s important to start any new exercise program slowly. If you feel sharp pain while doing any exercise, stop and talk to a doctor before continuing.
Exercises to Help Lower Abs
The goal of these exercises is to target key parts of the lower abs and strengthen them to improve posture, stability, and balance in daily activity.
Most lower ab exercises can be done without extra equipment. However, some of the moves listed below do require sliders or towels.
1. Mountain Climbers
Mountain climbers work your entire body as well as your core. They are a form of cardio as well — meaning, they increase your heart rate when you do them.
To get started, place yourself in a plank position. This means elevating your body off the ground with your arms (think of the “up” position of a push-up). Remember to keep your body straight and your pelvis tucked slightly. Your arms should be shoulder-width apart with both palms on the floor. Your legs should be extended behind you, feet together.
Once in this position, slowly move your right knee to your chest then back again. Next, draw your left knee to your chest and back again. This is one repetition (rep).
There is no doubt that good health is critical to an individual’s life. The above lower abs exercises will help you get into the required shape and ensure that you live a happy and healthy life.
However, it’s important to remember to take new exercises slowly. If sharp or prolonged pain occurs, talk to your doctor or seek advice from another healthcare professional, such as a physical therapist.
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