CORE OFF THE FLOOR: Abdominal Strengtheners That Won't Stress Your Neck or Back Joints and WON't Make You Get On The Floor
We all have 4 layers of abdominal muscles. The only layer that actually spans all of your midsection is the deepest layer called the 'Transverse Abdominus'. This is the muscle responsible to flattening your belly, pulling your midsection in and supporting your lower back joints. Unfortunately, 90% of the common abdominal exercises, especially crunches, don't contract or strengthen this deepest layer and it stays weak. If you've ever given birth, by the 9th month of pregnancy, this muscle has stretched to twice its original length. If you don't re-strengthen it, your waistline stays wide and your belly will continue to protrude.
Spinal alignment is important for neck and upper back comfort
Have you ever caught your reflection in a window or mirror and noticed that your head was leading the way? A head that hangs forward is the most common posture/spinal misalignment problem and the source of much pain and discomfort. Neck misalignment can exaggerated by many everyday activities, including reading books and newspapers, wearing bifocals, talking on the phone, watching television in bed, working at a computer, and leaning over a desk.