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Abdominal Exercises

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Abdominal muscles are used for every move you make.

The Importance of Abdominal Strength.

Abdominal Exercises. Keeping your abdominal muscles strong is more important than just having a six-pack. So then, your core muscles include the lower back, hip flexors, rotators, gluteals, and abs. As a result, together, they keep your body stable and upright, among other benefits. Furthermore, every move your body makes involves your core muscles. In addition, strengthening your abdominal muscles will improve your mobility. Consequently, it would help to incorporate resistance exercise working the core muscles with your daily exercise routine.

Easier Everyday Activities.

Abdominal Exercises. Core Exercises to Help Seniors Improve Muscle Function. Keeping muscle strength throughout life helps you maintain your ability to do activities of daily living, and one of the most important muscle groups to keep strong as you get older is your abdominals. You may not think about it, but you use your abdominal muscles for physical activity every day. For example, standing, lifting and twisting, whether it’s putting away groceries or carrying your grandchild. Hence, all require the use of your ab muscles. Likewise, sitting at a computer desk all day engages your abdominal muscles. Besides, strong ab muscles make using perfect posture an easier task. Also, when sitting at your computer, take a few minutes every hour to sit tall, contract your ab muscles and adjust your posture to ward off any soreness or injuries later.

Improved Balance and Stability.

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You can improve posture and balance with strong core muscles.

Abdominal Exercises. The ability to remain stable and balanced is essential for the elderly at risk of falling and those who engage in sports or physical activities on uneven terrains, such as those who run outside. However, everyone is at risk of a tumble, whether when you wobble getting out of the shower or misstep when going up the stairs. Consequently, a strong core, including ab muscles, can prevent that tumble. During every core workout, use a balance ball. So then, standing on it trains your balance and engages your core muscles, including your abs, to stay upright.

Managing Lower-Back Pain.

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Back pain can seriously affect your mobility.

According to Harvard Health Publications, four out of five Americans will experience lower-back pain at some point in their lives if their abdominal muscles are weak. As a result, it can hyperextend your erector spinae muscles by not adequately tilting the pelvis forward for proper positioning of the lumbar spine. In addition, a 2002 study published in “Spine” found that working the abdominal muscles decreases the rigidness of your sacroiliac joints, which connect between the sacrum and ilium of your pelvis and better support the spine. As a result, you can reduce lower-back pain and improve mobility.

In Conclusion.

As part of your core, your abdominal muscles are essential and should be exercised to keep them strong. A strong core will support you and improve stability, gait and prevent falls through improved balance. Ab exercises can be done every day and will improve your ability to live independently.

Important Note *

Remember that everyone is different, and it is ultimately YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to find what your body responds to… So please do your own due diligence before trying anything new, including getting Medical Advice to ensure your safety and peace of mind.

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2 replies on “Abdominal Exercises”

Hi Jotham, I am happy you are enjoying the posts, at first I was not sure about starting this, but I wanted to help others understand that you can fight the ravages of age and get stronger and fitter it is not impossible, at 71 I was weak in my body but by trial and error I changed that, and so can anyone else if they try.Thank you for this comment, regards Ian

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