You Do Sit-Ups…

But Your Tech­nique Is Wrong

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Short Story By Gabrielle Mullarkey -

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.

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