The crunch is an exercise designed to strengthen the abdominal muscles
Abdominal muscles are one of the first exercises people think of when they want to lose weight. Belly fat can be hard to get rid of and some people seem to store fat around this area easier that others.
So do crunches really work in reducing your waistline? It kinda depends on how you look at it. The only way to get rid of fat in your belly (or anywhere on your body) is with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Spot reducing, or trying to lose weight from an isolated area of your body only works a little
Having said that, performing exercises to tone and strengthen the muscles in your abdominal area will help your stomach appear flatter especially when belly fat is reduced
How to do it
- lie on your back, bend your knees and put your feet flat on the floor.
- Clasp your hands loosely behind your head and pull your elbows back
- Relax your back against the floor. Now, slowly curl your shoulders up from the floor to a 30-degree angle, keeping your lumbar spine against the floor. Make sure you don’t pull up on your neck.
- Hold for a second and then lower
- Always exhale as you contract (bend) and inhale as you release (go back to starting position) during the crunch.
- You should never pull on your neck when doing a crunch. If you can’t clasp your hands behind your head, you can cross them over your chest instead.
- Always keep your chin off of your chest when doing a crunch. You can actually rest your fist under your chin to make sure that your chin doesn’t drop too low.
- Move slowly and continuously as you do the crunch.