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08 Mar 2007

exercises for abs?
It seems that most of the excersizes i do for my abs ie. crunches , situps is for the middle & upper half of the abs . Is there is specific excercise that one can do for the lower half of one's abs because I feel i am not getting enough excercise there.
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01 Jan 0001

hi there

They say the most effective method is to concentrate on activating or recruiting a muscle known as the Transverse Abdominus. The best way to explain how to do that is to refer to pictures and instructions, so here's a website you can check out on the topic:

I must just make the point that these exercises alone will not flatten the stomach, though the website does claim this. So I'm not sure whether this is your goal, but if it is, then you need to consider cardio training - like running, walking, cycling, swimming, taebo, aerobics etc. Anything that is cardiovascular gets the heart pumping and energy burning is most effective. It is just a question of how you use these cardio sessions. I would suggest at least 4 days a week of cardio training, each session lasting about 30 to 45 minutes, AT LEAST. You have to build up this duration and then keep at it consistently in order to see change.

The specific exercises for the area in question have a relatively minor role, other than that they are responsible for developing the muscle in the area, which creates the appearance of being toned. That's obviously what you want, but you have to realise that you can't do the toning and specific work first and neglect the cardio - it has to work the other way around, cardio first, toning second. So focus on cardio, then on toning.

Diet is also very crucial, and if it's not 100% it will undermine any exercise benefits. So the best thing is to see a dietician or follow a very good diet plan. Just remember that low kilojoule is not necessarily better - too low causes problems as well, because it causes the body's metabolic rate to drop and that affects your ability to lose weight in the future. So don't try to starve yourself or go overboard, rather eat sensibly, cut out as much fat as you can, and listen to your body.

Good luck
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