Sit ups are like crunches, however both actually contain some differences. Both exercises start out by lying flat on your back. A sit up requires you to lift your entire torso or abdomen up into a “semi-seated position.” A crunch simply means lifting your shoulders and upper back off the ground.
Both provide many fitness benefits… for the sake of this blog post, I will be sharing the proper technique to conduct a sit up as well as sharing some benefits of performing one.
There’s no need to buy equipment… all you need is yourself and a good, hard-working attitude. All it costs is your time and effort. Sit ups can be done anywhere at anytime.
Crunches will help you to achieve that “six-pack” goal, but a sit up will take your ab workout one step further. Sit ups require a greater range of movement. Sit ups force you to train your abs, core muscles, and even your hip flexors.
According to Chron, sit ups “increase both flexibility, range of motion and strength for your core. This creates numerous health benefits, such as improved posture, reduced risks of injury to your back, and better stability and strength when you’re doing any type of movement, such as lifting or jumping.”
A proper sit up is as followed:
- Lie on your back with your knees bent and you feet flat on the floor.
- Place your finger tips behind your ears.
- Pull your shoulder blades back so your elbows are out to the side.
- Brace your abs and then raise your body up towards your knees, shoulders should be lifted of the floor.
- Head always looking straight, no chin on chest and do not pull the head forward.
- Roll back down to the starting position.
If you experience any back pain, consider performing sit ups on a gym ball. This will help to ease the pain on your spine.
If sit-ups are performed incorrectly, this will only lessen any benefits and can result in terrible back problems. According to Daily Mail, the main mistake that people generally tend to make is using their hands for leverage. “All the hands should do is keep the head still and in place. Using hands for leverage puts strain on the vertebrae in the neck and all the way along the spine.”
Using the proper technique for sit-ups will result in a flat stomach!