The easiest looking exercises are not always what they appear to be. Here are three exercises that many people often brag they can do, but most times end up failing at them miserably.
Created in the early 20th century, Pilates has become a popular workout routine in many countries across the world. This exercise focuses on elongating your body. There are multiple benefits to performing a Pilates workout. These include better sleep, compact abdominal muscles and stronger back muscles, increased flexibility, improved posture, and fully developed rhythm and motion. To perform a Pilates workout, you’ll need a Pilates mat. Once you’ve found the ideal place for your mat, lie on your back with your hands extended face down by your side. With your knees bent, place your feet flat on the floor. Inhale and bring your right knee above your hips so it ends up parallel to the mat. As you exhale bring your left knee parallel to your right knee. While you exhale, raise your upper body by moving your upper spine. Lift your arms two to three inches off the mat, moving them in an upward and downward motion for five seconds. You can continue with these movements until you’ve achieved your repetitions’ goal.
Sits ups help in strengthening your abdominal area. Assume a seated position on an exercise mat. Bend your knees, while placing the balls of your feet and heels flat on the ground. Cross your hands, by placing each one on the opposing shoulder. You can either cross your hands over your chest or behind your head. This provides you with support for raising up. Gently pull in your belly button toward your spine, so that you can tighten your abdominal muscles. Gently lift your head and shoulder blades, while keeping your heels and toes flat on the ground. Pay attention to your bent knees as you move forward and gently contract your abdominal muscles. Lift off the floor until you’ve completed a ninety-degree angle, or until your elbows are on or past your knees. Stay in this position for a second and slowly move back to your original position on the floor, keeping yourself slightly raised from the ground. You should end up in a slightly relaxed, arched position. Besides these basic sit ups, there are more challenging ones such as sit ups with an exercise ball, jackknife sit ups, oblique sit ups, bicycle sit ups, and military sit ups.
Flutter kicks help to burn calories, improve lower abdominal strength, and swimming speed. To perform this exercise, you’ll have to lie flat on your back and extend your arms palm down by your sides. Bring your heels about six inches off the floor. You should end up with your legs extended and your knees bent. Move your legs up and down in a scissor-like motion at a fast rate. When your left leg goes up, your right leg goes down. To maintain stability use your arms whenever necessary. During the exercise your lower back must remain flat on the floor, while keeping your abdominal muscles contracted. Repeat these moves for your desired length of time.
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