For a long time, crunches have been thought of as the standard exercise for toning abdominal muscles and getting a flat stomach. Recently, however, some fitness experts have brought into question the effectiveness and safety of crunches.

Abdominal Exercises

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With conflicting information abound, it can be difficult to know what to believe. From all the evidence, however, it seems that crunches may be a waste of time and could actually be dangerous.

Traditional Crunches

Unfortunately, the consensus among fitness professionals is that crunches actually do very little to achieve the results you’re looking for. While crunches can tone the muscles you’re targeting for a strong core and flat stomach, you’d have to do a huge number of crunches to see any results.

Safety Concerns

One of the main problems with crunches is the posture you must adopt when performing them. This position reinforces the poor posture we have when sitting at a desk all day in front of a computer. In addition, crunches can cause back problems, including lower back pain. This definitely isn’t worth the time and mediocre efficacy that crunches deliver.

Getting a Flat Belly

Fortunately, there are many great options out there for getting a flat belly. A combination of a low calorie diet and properly targeted exercises are essential to success. If you want a flat belly, you are going to first have to burn the fat off of the stomach area so the muscles will be visible underneath.

Also, be sure to do toning exercises to tighten all of the abdominal muscle groups (remember, there are several groups that need targeting).

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Addressing Other Issues

Unfortunately, sometimes exercise and dieting aren’t enough to address the aesthetic and structural problems that may exist in the abdominal area. Loose skin and separated muscles, for example, can make the stomach appear flabby and protruded.

The only way to repair separated muscles in most cases is with an abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck. The procedure will also remove extra skin from the abdomen and tighten the entire midsection for a flat belly.

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Sources:

http://www.fitsugar.com/Why-Crunches-Dont-Work-Your-Abs-13331854

http://www.getfrank.co.nz/health-fitness/exercise/7-reasons-to-never-do-crunches-again

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/exercise/10-flat-stomach-alternatives-to-crunches

*The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns and before starting a new diet or exercise program.