The benefits of exercise cannot be overstated. Think of it. We go the the pharmacy and pay for medicine, prescribed or otherwise, to treat whatever ails us.
Arguably, regular exercise is akin to free medication. Exercise doesn’t have to cost you a penny.
There is no disputing that a regimen of regular exercise helps maintain the body’s physical structure, mental faculties and reduces the risk or onset of many illnesses. So regular exercise is encouraged to help avoid medicine.
Medicine treats symptoms many of which result from lack of exercise. Regular exercise helps to prevent symptoms in the first place.
It is important that you regularly exercise your whole body. However, specific exercises target specific muscle groups and areas of your body.
Despite the obvious benefits, exercise requires dedication and can be exacting. Unfortunately, many people choose not to exercise. Today we will talk about crunches or more specifically, what I like to call, ‘Custom Crunches’.
You know crunches? Those essential stomach-paring exercises, a.k.a. abdominals that keep your tummy tucked in and you looking trim and fabulous in your jeans. If you think that doing crunches is not fun you may be going about it the wrong way or the traditional way.
Traditionally, getting crunches done required you to have spare time and extra space. Maybe attend the gym where there is space enough for you to stretch out on your back while you did bouts of head, shoulder and torso lifts, leg raises and finger-to-toe stretches.
There’s also belly-dancing and tummy rolls and likely many other methods to working the abdominal muscles. This is about improvement or an alternative to the traditional methods.
What if you can’t spare the time or extra space or even for no reason whatsoever. After all, lying in a prone position while attempting gravity-defying acrobatics if you’re not into gymnastics or the circus is simply, no fun.
Though I know the benefits of crunches and like looking great in my jeans just as the next person does, I’ve also been less than enthusiastic about doing crunches. Hello. Can anyone relate?
So do you just forego doing them at the risk of the myriad of benefits not the least of which is to your health? What if you could be doing those crunches whenever you took a fancy and not have to find spare time or extra space and without the discomfort? Plus, best of all… with same or similar results.
Well, now you can. Here’s how. But first, a disclaimer.
a). A doctor
b). A fitness coach
c). An exercise expert
I’m none of the above.
I’m merely sharing what’s been working for me and hopefully they can work for you too. Now that that’s taken care of, here’s how to get those crunches with the least effort.
How to do ‘Custom’ Crunches
1. Sit on a chair, sofa, a bench at the park… on a rock somewhere. Wherever you can reasonably, comfortably sit. No need for formalities with these ‘Custom’ Crunches. Back straight, feet firmly on the floor.
2. Raise your arms, joining fingers at the back of your head with elbows pointing out from your sides.
3. Take a deep breath in while slowly contracting your abdominal muscles. Hold for 10 seconds then breathe out as you relax your muscles back to normal.
4. Complete 10 to 20 repetitions of the above 4 to 5 times daily, or as you can tolerate. I started doing 20 repetitions a few times a day. Now I can comfortably do 60 and even 80 repetitions several times a day.
They do get easier boys and girls. Just don’t overdo it. Know your limits. We’re not trying to risk any injury here. That just would not do, would it?
So there you have it. Pretty nifty eh? What… you thought there was more to it? Well, don’t be disappointed.
Do agree though, that compared with the traditional, which is what everybody is used to, these ‘Custom Crunches’ are way easier. And I can attest to the fact that they are no less effective.
These crunches my friends, may be completed while watching TV, playing a video game, doing dishes, sitting in the train, riding the bus, etc., etc., etc. Did I mention that you can also get them in while you lie in bed?
With some adjustments, I do them frequently throughout the night at different intervals. They have become that easy.
I’ve found that with the arm movements the crunches are more effective. You can modify or eliminate the arm movements, if necessary, so you’re less conspicuous if you decide to ‘crunch’ in public. You don’t want to attract undue attention from the uninitiated who may consider your actions weird, at best…
Like lots of people even though I’m aware of the benefits of exercise I’ve never been this enthusiastic about doing crunches. The incentive and fun part is the phenomenal results you will soon start to feel and observe.
It also helps and encourages you to engage in other activities that enhance the results you experience. Like eating reasonably and additional exercises. No daily trips to McDonald’s unless it’s to get a salad. Of course, an occasional cheeseburger treat is unlikely to spoil your fantastic results and feelings.
Trust me, however… you won’t be tempted. Those jeans looking oh so fabulous while you’re wearing them. One word. Priceless.