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Plank Pose. Lmage by Wikipedia

By Sue Shekut, Licensed Massage Therapist, ACSM Personal Trainer, Certified Wellness Coach, Owner, Working Well Massage

Newsweek recently had an article about situps causing low back injury, something I’ve been telling clients for years. Situps actually tend to work your hip flexors more than your abdominal muscles as you get into the “sitting” position. And most office workers already have tight hip flexors (Iliopsoas muscles) from sitting all day (contracting Ilipsoas all day in the process). According to Newsweek, “the best exercises for back health and a firmer stomach are ones that work your abs while holding your spine straight, like planks.” (as in Pilates Plank pose or the sit up starting position.)

For a demo of how to do Plank Pose, click here.

Myfitteru has a great video showing you how to do my favorite Abdominal exercise with a  Swiss Ball. Check it out here.

Use Pilates Plank and these abdominal exercises on the Swiss ball and you won’t ever have to do situps again!  And your back will thank you for it.

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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

There are so many workout myths out there I can’t even count them all. Today I ran across an article I really enjoyed that breaks some of the most popular and entrenched workout myths. Number #1 is the myth that sit ups will give you a “six-pack” belly. I have low back problems and doing sit ups is the worst way for me to strengthen my core. Traditional sit ups really work your hip flexors (Iliopsoas muscles for the anatomically aware) more than the abdominal muscles. Instead I prefer Pilates Plank poses or other abdominal exercises that target the core of your torso. (Meaning those muscles deep to your spine  that support your spine. A good thing, supporting the spine, don’t you think?!). Click here for an explanation of how to do Prone Plank with Stability Ball. (Note: Click on More photos under the pic in this short article to show you visually how to do the exercise.)

Also explained: Why running makes you a better runner but doe snot make you necessarily more fit for other activities. How reading effects your body while you workout (Hint: It isn’t helping your posture.) Why weights are not just for bodybuilders. Why exercising longer may not make you burn more calories! Why stretching IS important despite some confusing reports to the contrary. How your workout will make you look like your favorite celebrity. Not. And why you can’t eat like a glutton if you work out a  lot.

Read the list of exercise myth busting tips here by By Gillian Reeves, Personal Trainer from Mail Online. And then workout with a better idea of what you are doing.

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