Are You a Fan of Crunches?


Q&A With Brian

Hi Brian, I cannot seem to do sit-ups without getting stomach muscle cramps after. What exercises would u recommend for achieving a flatter stomach that are suitable for someone who had a hysterectomy about 20 years ago? Thanks, Patricia from WA.

Hi Patricia,
Thank you for your question, it's a really good one. I’m glad to say this is an easy fix for you. Sit-ups, or crunches, tend to squash the abdominal region and with a history of surgery in this area the muscles can tend to contract as a form of protection. What I want you to do is focus on lengthening and strengthening your abdominal area. To do this, I've put together a video which I’d like you to watch (and follow) as it will be helpful for you and not cause the discomfort you’ve been experiencing.
It's 4 easy to follow movements you can do anywhere. The focus is on control, so please take your time with the movements and concentrate on using your abdominal muscles.
Please let me know how you go and if this has been helpful for you.
OK,  here’s the video...
Thanks again for your question.

Wishing you great health and much happiness,

Important: This article is general advice only. For further advice or information on this topic, please consult your health professional.
Category: Fitness

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