Posture is another one of those things that can really suffer as we age. I’ve lost count of the numbers of older people I have seen who are stooped over with seriously hunched backs. Sometimes, the reasons for this maybe due to a medical condition such as osteoporosis and other times, it is just a lack of physical exercise.
As you know, physical exercise can help us to increase bone growth and add to the strength of our bones, and that’s why it can help us ward off diseases like osteoporosis. In this article though, I’m going to focus on one area of exercise that can work wonders for our posture.
I’m referring of course to ab training.
Ab training?! Isn’t that for Ken and Barbie lookalikes?!
You mean gym rats?
Don’t I have to eat like a rabbit for abs?
No! Ab training can help ordinary people – even seniors – to develop good posture. Sure, it will also help you achieve a flat tummy, which so many people these days strive for, but even if you already have a flat tummy, you will still benefit when it comes to posture.
And posture can make you look a lot younger as well.
So let’s take a more careful look at ab training and why it’s so good for posture.
Posture is of critical importance because it is from that particular position, we do everything. If we suffer from bad posture, we actually put unnecessary and preventable stress on the other joints of our bodies. By having strong abdominals, we are doing something to improve the overall strength of the core muscles which help us to stand upright and move well on two feet. So, by strengthening our abdominal muscles, we will do a lot to improve our posture.
What to start doing today!
It’s time to get your abs to work today – and it doesn’t matter if you’ve never trained the abdominal region before. The correct approach when you’re starting out is to start out steady and slowly. Gradually increase the intensity of your exercises to feel and see the benefits.
Here are some great exercises you can start doing today in the comfort of your own home to strengthen your abs and improve your posture:
Crunches: These are awesome abdominal exercises because you can do them anywhere without the need for special equipment. To get started simply lie on the floor with your knees bent and your hands straight behind your head. When you exhale, curl your body forward enough so you lift your shoulder blades off the floor. Hold for one second and slowly return back to the floor. I recommend you do anywhere from 8-25 repetitions at a time. Do the exercises slowly so you won’t injure yourself.
Bicycle Crunches: Another really great abdominal workout is the bicycle crunch. Lie on your back with your hips bent at 90 degrees and your hands behind your head. Curl your body forward as you did in the crunch exercise before, and bring your right knee toward your left elbow. Extend your leg out 45 degrees. Do this while keeping your shoulders off the floor. Continue alternating from the left to the right by bringing your opposite knees and elbows together. If you keep both of your shoulders off the floor, you increase the tension on your abs and work them harder. You can vary the tempo and the repetitions for this exercise. If you go for slower tempo and fewer reps – around 15 per side – you are focusing more on the firming. If you work with a faster tempo and more reps – about 50 per side – you are helping yourself more with fat burning.
Get into the habit of strengthening your abdominal muscles and improving your posture today.