health-benefits-of-abdominal-crunchesIn the past several weeks, we have been continuing our series, “The 7 Minute Workout: Health Benefits of __________”. In Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, we expounded on the health benefits associated with jumping jacks, wall squats, and push-ups. This week, in Part 4, we will delve into the health benefits of abdominal crunches. According to physical therapists and fitness professionals, the 7 Minute Workout is a finely tuned exercise science that deploys only the body, a chair, and a wall. It works by fulfilling a mandate for high-intensity exercise efforts. The exercises that are performed must be completed in rapid succession. In this installment, we will outline abdominal crunches.

What Are Abdominal Crunches?
An abdominal crunch is performed by lying on the floor on the back. The knees must be bent. The hands should be placed immediately behind the head or across the chest region. The belly should be pulled towards the spine, with your back flattened. Slowly, the muscles within the abdominal region should be contracted. The shoulder blades should then be brought up to two inches from the floor. As you come up off of the floor, you should keep the neck straight and the chin up, while exhaling. You should then hold the position for a few seconds. Then, simply lower the body back down, being sure not to relax completely. This should be performed again several times.

The Purpose and Intent of Abdominal Crunches
Abdominal crunches are designed to tone the core muscles of the body. The exercise aids in strengthening the core muscles, improving the posture, and increasing the mobility and flexibility of the muscles. When these exercises are performed, the rectus abdominus and the oblique muscles are tightened. While not 100% effective in burning fat from the body, these exercises will build muscle mass and enhance the body’s ability to effectively burn fat. Furthermore, the density of the muscles will be enhanced.

The Health Benefits
Physical therapists, doctors, and fitness class experts all agree that there are several unique health benefits associated with performing abdominal crunches. These include the following:

  1. Abdominal crunches are an excellent means to burning calories in the body. According to studies conducted, it has been established that a half hour of crunches has the ability to burn an amazing amount of calories – 300 to be exact! Of course, with the 7 Minute Workout, you will not be performing abdominal crunches for a half hour at a time; however, when you do perform them, you will burn calories.
  2. Abdominal crunches are a highly effective way of improving the balance because they aid in strengthening up the muscles in your abdominal cavity.
  3. Abdominal crunches are highly important in improving posture. If your posture is optimized, you will find that you not only function in a more effective manner in daily activities, but, that you do not suffer from any type of pain in the lower back or back muscle injuries.

Abdominal Crunches and the 7 Minute Workout
As stated in previous installments of this series, the 7 Minute Workout is designed to work out the whole body in a quick and easy fashion. By performing abdominal crunches, you are not only building, strengthening, and toning the body, but, you are also burning calories and equipping the body with the ability to avoid sustaining potentially serious injuries. Now, you know about jumping jacks, wall squats, push-ups, and abdominal crunches. Be sure to come back next week for more information on the 7 Minute Workout. To view this specially-designed workout in its entirety, click on the following link:


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