Beach season is around the corner and fitness freaks are pumping and twisting their way to the dream bod, never mind those under lockdown have no beach to go to. But gaining a fit body is no slave to season and occasion, it’s a perpetual pursuit.
Don’t limit a workout to a particular type of physical activity or exercise, doing instead a diversity of exercise to achieve not just fitness goals, but give different muscle groups the workout that creates a toned, evenly fit body. In addition, you also need to stay hydrated and check what you eat.
For the sake of concentrating on a specific muscle group, we picked the abdomen, a region of the body that can make your body appear picture-perfect or look like you wear a barrel in the middle. And what better to work abdominal muscles than the Crunch, a go-to exercise for regulars and an easy initiation for beginners.
Similar to sit-ups that work a wider range of muscles, crunches only work abdominal muscles. By isolating these muscles, you can effectively achieve and maintain a six-pack. For best results, we advise you do 3 sets of 20 crunches each, every day.
1. Lie down on your back.
2. Bend your knees in a V-shape. Keep your lower body steady.
3. Cross your hands over your chest (or place them behind your ears) without pulling your neck.
4. In one move, gently lift your head and shoulder off the ground. Exhale as your rise.
5. Slowly return to the start position, inhaling as you lower your head and shoulder.
Repeat 20 times. If you’re a beginner, you can increase sets and repetitions gradually through weekly increments. You can also consider increasing upper body strength with push-ups.
Fitness goals are hard to achieve and even harder to maintain. It’s important to maintain your fitness regimen. Whether you do crunches, stretches, weight training or a full workout every day, weekends-only or some days a week, just keep doing it.