How To Do Sit Ups
Strong stomach muscles give good core strength and are essential for all sports, besides also making you look like an adonis!! Sit Ups are a great way to start toning your tummy and are easy to do if you know how. Here are our top tips:
Step 1: Find somewhere comfortable
Make sure you find somewhere comfortable, like a flat, level surface. You could use a yoga mat to lie on to make it softer on your back. If you are in the gym make sure you are not obstructing anyone else's activity.
Step 2: Position
Lay down on your back with your knees bent and the balls and heels of your feet placed flat on the floor. By keeping your feet planted on the floor throughout the action you will be working your muscles harder as you push them down so your feet don't move. Put your hands behind your ears, with your elbows out to the side. You could cross your arms over your chest and touch your shoulders if you prefer. Don't grab the back of your neck as this can cause injury.
Step 3: Action
Keeping your feet on the ground, tighten your stomach muscles and slowly lift your head first. You should feel the strain in your abdomen. Then lift the shoulder blades and pull up from the floor about half way. Hold the position for a few seconds and then slowly put your back down to the floor but try and keep your back slightly elevated, so you are not completely flat and relaxed.
Step 4: Amount
Repeat the action for five to ten reps if you are a beginner. You can slowly build up the amount you do over time, but do not push yourself and ALWAYS stop immediately if you feel any sharp pain.
Step 5: Tips
You could get a friend to hold onto your feet to give you a more solid platform to push on. Keep your chin away from your chest and your elbows out to your sides. Try and concentrate on keeping your abs tense throughout the action as these are what should be controlling your movement.