SPRINGFIELD, Mo KY3's Paul Adler visits with Pamela Hernandez of Thrive Personal Fitness to change up a typical ab workout.
Here's what Pamela wrote:
Why You Should Stop Doing Crunches (And What You Should Do Instead)
We spend so much time in forward flexion, hunching over our desk or devices, that doing crunches doesn't make sense if your goal is a strong stable core. Instead, your time is better spent working on core stabilization and working in opposition of forward flexion to help
improve your posture.
A staple core exercise in my programming is the dead bug. The name doesn't sound great but it's pretty descriptive. You're lying on your back with legs and arms in the air moving around like a poor beetle on its back. To do the exercise version, start on your back with legs lifted with
knees at a 90-degree angle. Your knees will be over your hips. Tighten your abs, then raise one arm back over your head while straightening the opposite leg. Alternate sides for the desired number of repetitions, keeping your back pressed into the ground.
You can make this exercise more challenging by balancing a stability ball in between the stationary arm and leg.
Another basic exercise is the superman. This exercise works the low back, also an important part of the core, and can open up the chest, which can get tight and closed from sitting over a
computer. Start by laying face down on a mat or the ground. Your arms should be fully extended in front of you. Then lift your chest, arms and legs up off the ground by engaging your low back. Hold for two seconds in this position, pulling your arms back slightly to stretch the chest. Relax and repeat for the desired number of repetitions or hold the position for up to 30 seconds.