Keeping your abdominal muscles strong is more important than just having a six-pack or washboard stomach – your core muscles, including the lower back, hip flexors and rotators and gluteal, along with the abs. This keeps your body stable and upright. A 2002 study published in “Spine” found that working on the abdominal muscles decreases the rigidness of your sacroiliac joints, which connect the sacrum and ilium of your pelvis, and support the spine. This can reduce lower-back pain. So, the abdominal muscles and back muscles are key components of this muscular network, and provide the strength to keep the body upright for movement. When these core muscles are in poor condition, additional stress is applied to the spine as it supports the body, and back injury or back pain is more likely to happen.
You may not think about it, but you use your abdominal muscles for physical activity every day. Standing, lifting and twisting, whether it is putting away groceries or carrying your toddler, mostly everything requires use of your ab muscles. Sitting at an office desk all day engages your abdominal muscles, too.When sitting at your desk, take a few minutes every hour to sit tall, contract your ab muscles and adjust your posture to ward off any soreness or injuries.More importantly, strong back and abdominal muscles can help in healing most types of back pain, especially the most common form of back pain caused by soft tissue injury or back muscle strain. Consequently, exercises that strengthen these core muscles should be a part of a balanced back/abdominal exercise program.
It is found that fat deposition starts from the abdomen. But most of the fat is stored in the lower abdomen which is the biggest reason for the delay in building lower abs. Studies have been done using EMG to prove that some abdominal exercises are found to be more stimulating for “lower abs”.
Here are 7 exercises that can help you maintain strong lower abdominal.
2. Reverse Crunches
3. Flutter Kicks
4. V Sit-Ups
5. Bicycle Crunches
7. Leg Lifts