You Do Sit-Ups…
But Your Technique Is Wrong
Sit-ups can help build definition in the abs – but a common mistake is to hold the back of your head in your hands while trying to yank yourself up, which puts a huge strain on the neck.
Fitness expert Julia Buckley (juliabuckleyfitness.com) says, ‘It’s also important to keep the back very straight. If you bend your back – which a lot of people do if their core isn’t very strong – the discs of the spine can get compressed, which can cause nerve damage or hernia.’ ’As there are so many ways to get the technique wrong, sit-ups are not something I’d recommend to beginners unless under instruction,’ says Julia. Try the plank instead, which works the abs but carries a much lower injury risk.