Abdominal Exercises and Back Health

Abdominal exercises are crucial for the health of your back and spine. Popular abdominal exercises such as the situp and crunch can be somewhat helpful for your spine but the muscle that you really need to focus on is the transverse abdominus. Doing breathing exercise and pelvic tilts will help you to improve the strength and endurance of this small, deep postural core muscle. Doing an enormous about of the popular abdominal exercises will not necessarily make you resistant to back injuries, if done incorrectly they can actually cause them. There are many abdominal exercises that can put the spine in too much of a flexed or extended position and cause major stress on the vertebrae and discs. Try to keep you spine in alignment (neutral position) throughout all of your abdominal exercises. If your form starts to suffer, end the set.

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