Tell anyone who is worried about their body image that they need to lose the flab around their waist and they will start doing crunches and sit ups from the next day. But is doing repetitive crunching or sit ups good for the body and losing midriff fat? Or can the new-age planking workout provide a solution? Let’s find out.
Sit Ups For That Beach Body
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To lose the fat from your abdominal area, you need to train the muscle called rectus abdominis or simply speaking, your abs. Exercises like sit ups, crunches, leg raises, reverse crunches are necessary to strengthen the ab muscles so that they can get toned and help the body to get rid of the fat deposits. Developing core stamina is nowadays at the centre of all weight-loss routines and stamina-gaining routines as it makes the body ready to take on the rigorous routine of exercises. Sit ups are dynamic exercises that allow lots of upper body motion and you can combine them with other routines as well to tone the entire body. What’s difficult is maintaining a rhythm and doing it properly. Too slow or too jerky and you risk hurting your back pretty badly.
Planking For That Model-Kinda Look
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Many celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Disha Patani swear by planking to retain their model-like washboard abs and toned body overall. Heck, Shilpa Shetty even set a Guinness Record with her planking! What many people don’t know is that planking is a static exercise which trains the transverse abdominis – the muscle layer buried deep beneath your ab muscles. And this is necessary why? To train your torso and back. So your deep abs, low back and leg muscles get trained with this 60-second workout in which you don’t need to do anything. Just hold on! But holding the position properly is very important otherwise you may end up hurting your back and other muscles pretty badly.
So what do you choose to do out of the two? Experts say, a combination of both is necessary to feel good and look good. Your body needs both static and dynamic exercises to stay in shape and lose those stubborn calories.