Whenever you walk or run, your core muscles are active, keeping you upright, balancing your body as your weight shifts, and absorbing the impact as your feet hit the ground. Your body’s core forms the foundation of all your movement. If you... Read more
Measuring your fitness level regularly is one way to find out if you're making progress. Most fitness centers have trained staff who can evaluate your body composition, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance, b... Read more
We often get questions about the best abs exercises—after all, who doesn't want to tone their tummy in the least amount of time? There are countless exercises that target the abs, including fitness DVDs (Does "8 Minute Abs" ring a... Read more
Whether you're just starting an exercise program, or you've been at it for years, there is one thing on everyone's wish list: a toned stomach. Well-defined abdominal muscles are glorified as being sexy, healthy and youthful. You may have... Read more
After pregnancy, you're probably eager to get your post-baby body back in shape. But before you jump in to your usual ab workouts, there are some special considerations that new moms need to take into account.
Some postpartum women may notic... Read more
I have been yo yoing for years....but the time has come, I have to get serious and do this once and for all!! I have been chosen by my family to accompany my 72 yr old father to the 100th anniversary of ANZAC day in Gallipoli next year. The walk to t... Read more
Hi. I have been following the sparkpeople program for a little while and was having really good success. I recently got derailed from my exercise routine due to having an unexpecpted abdominal surgery. I am beginning to heal and get some strength bac... Read more
When I was younger I was able to do over 100 crunches a day. Now when I try to do 15 regular, reverse or even seated crunches it get these horrible spasms/cramps in my abdominal muscles. They last for about 15-20 min. I really need to strengthen core... Read more
Crunch Test www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic les.asp?id=1114
Should a woman over 70 be doing the same amount of crunches as someone over 45???
Or do they figure a woman over 70 doesn't do crunches smile.... Read more
When I'm at a red light, I will hold in (contract) my abdominal muscles while breathing normally. After several lights, you really feel like you got in mini-ab work-out. I live 30 minutes from work, so that's a lot of crunching!... Read more
Last week's fitness blog featured strength training exercises a beginner could do at home. This week's blog features those exercises that allow you to do a full-body workout routine in the gym.
If you feel you do not have time to incorporate al... Read more
If you spend much time in the gym, you’re probably familiar with the “mirror muscle” crowd. They’re the guys who spend most of their time doing exercises that work the upper body muscles you can see while looking in the mirror—chest, abs, shoulders,... Read more
One of my favorite exercises to do is the abdominal crunch. Some people don’t like them, which is fine. All exercises are not for everybody. But I happen to find them to be very effective and easy to do. I like crunches because you can do th... Read more
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