Tips for Doing Sit-Ups Correctly
When you use an improper technique, you have the increased risk of causing yourself bodily harm, either through injury or through uneven muscle development. Treat your body kindly by completing exercises using the proper forms and your body will take on the shape you desire, without overexerting or hurting yourself.
One common exercise that you might be doing incorrectly without even realizing it is the sit-up. Read on below to learn how to do sit-ups the right way!
How to Do Sit-Ups The Right Way
Start by lying on your back on an exercise mat. Bend your knees and plant your feet about hip-width apart. Place your hands behind your head, where the skull attaches to the neck. Your elbows should point to the sides of the room.
Breathe out and pull your belly-button inward toward your spine as you slowly lift your torso by bending your waist and hips. Rise until your torso is mere inches away from your thighs. Breathe in and return to your starting position using a slow, controlled movement.
When performed improperly, sit-ups can cause pain or discomfort in your neck or back. To prevent this from happening, make sure your hands are resting lightly on the back of your head, and that your elbows are open wide. You should never feel a tugging on or folding of your neck.
Your feet should remain planted firmly on the ground; if you feel like they’re about to move, prevent them from rocking up, especially while completing your movement. Avoid anchoring your feet with either a spotter or an object, as this strains your hip flexors and lower spine, could potentially hurt your lumbar discs, and doesn’t even work out your front abdominal muscle.
Finally, move slowly so that you’re using your muscle rather than sheer momentum, giving you the most muscular benefit for each repetition.
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