The most well-known and prominent abdominal muscle is the rectus abdominis. It is the long, flat muscle that extends vertically between the pubis and the fifth, sixth, and seventh ribs. The rectus abdominis connects to the xiphoid process, a bony landmark at the bottom of the sternum.
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Loading the player...Hip and Lower Stomach Exercises Jackson Sayers, B.Sc. (Kinesiology), discusses hip and lower stomach strength and flexibility exercises.
This variation of the lower body crunch is really great for the hips.
It really puts the hips into a position that maximize the flexibility of them and helps loosen them up. So get your neck supported, get onto your back, get your leg up onto the knee in a nice straight position, and from there you simply want to do a crunch.
It comes up, it goes down and what you’ll find when you first start out your range of motions probably is going to be a bit small, but as you start to loosen up, you’ll start to get a really nice lower body crunch out of it. Often seeing a local family physician or a physiotherapist in conjunction with a registered dietitian and athletic therapist is a great option to take control of this condition. Smart Food Now and exercise is also optominal for overall health.
Repetitions are 10 to 15, go nice and slow. Contract your tummy, keep your upper body relaxed, and you’ll find that over time its a great exercise for not only getting some stomach work, but for loosening up your hips at the same time.
Presenter: Kinesiologist, Vancouver, BC
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