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5 Reasons to Work Your Abs

Maybe you've been neglecting your abdominal muscles recently because you're still trying to get rid of that layer of fat covering them. Well, just because you can't see how strong they are does not mean you shouldn't strive for a strong midsection.

Here are my top five reasons for working on your abs:

  1. The 'Core' Reason: A strong midsection helps your entire body function in everything you do from exercising to sitting at your desk at work.
  2. The 'Disease Fighting' Reason: Studies have shown that individuals with a large waistline (stomach obesity) have the highest chances of developing fatal diseases, like heart disease.
  3. The 'Aches and Pains' Reason: Your midsection can absorb stress and strain from the activities you do. Furthermore, strong abs can help put an end to back pain.
  4. The 'Gotta Get Your Z's' Reason: Obesity, particularly abdominal and upper body obesity, is one of the most significant risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) - a condition that can cause a person to stop breathing for short periods of time during sleep.
  5. The 'Aesthetic' Reason: Let's face it -- Tight abs are hot.

Convinced yet? Good, now here is a great video to get you started.

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Hoaxerz Hoaxerz 10 years
I totally agree that having a strong core is important, however, reason #2 is actually irrelevant here, as it is the excess fat that causes health problems in those with stomach obesity. Strengthening your core can actually increase your waist measurement, but in a good way.
almostloli almostloli 10 years
the last reason #5... by far the most important reason (for me) hahahahh
number6_ed number6_ed 10 years
Holy crap, that was short, but DAMN!! Like Brians Girl said, I can feel my muscles that's for sure.
Brians-Girl Brians-Girl 10 years
im working on mine! very hard hehe.. still got a little little bit of fat there.. but you can actually feel the muscles now! i like it! ..i like it ALOT!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 10 years
I'm working hard on mine too!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
All different and important reasons!
lintacious lintacious 10 years
the core thing is all pilates. but you can have tight sexy abs, though if you have any fat covering them you wouldn't see them at all, so doing cardio is extremely important. its not just all crunches :)
JustMe21 JustMe21 10 years
I'm working on mine!!
jjotchy jjotchy 10 years
Good post - I need to start doing some core training!
Emiily Emiily 10 years
I try to do crunches, but I guess I obviously don't care enough : / I'll try to get myself to do them tonight. Push ups too.
allisonblue allisonblue 10 years
#2 is so true ... your waist-to-hip ratio is a more accurate indicator of health than BMI. You can calculate your waist-to-hip ratio here: http://www.healthcalculators.org/calculators/waist_hip.asp
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 10 years
Alright, back to abs...I've been slacking lately.
krEnElk krEnElk 10 years
i would kill for abs like those. :-( if only i could burn off the little bit of fat that's still covering mine!
Ikandy Ikandy 10 years
Thanx Fit, I needed to read this.
tchan01 tchan01 10 years
Nice post ;-) :-)
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