When women lift heavy they get toned, not bulky! Turn your perception of weight training into 'sexy' not bulky!
Do you think that ripped abs signify a strong core? It doesn't. Many people with defined abs (not all but many that I personally know) have defined abs but can barely hold the plank for more than 30 seconds, balance on one leg, or do push ups without arching their back.
However, other people can demonstrate strong core strength but may not have defined abs.
In my personal and professional opinion, I believe it is important to build your core strength primarily, and only then after, work on the definition of your abs. It's beneficial towards long term function training, everyday lifestyle challenges, sporting activities, and self confidence.
If you had to choose, what do you think is most important? Having defined abs or a strong core?
Here are a few of my favorite moves/ways to reduce and relieve back pain. whether you have back pain from sitting down all today, a mild injury, or simply because your back muscle are weak, these exercises can help improve your condition - Should you have any abnormality or severe injury with or around the areas of your back or spine, please consult a physiotherapist before practicising these exercises on your own.
Exercise to perform: Scorpion
Doing 10-15 repitions of the scorpion (alternating sides) will dynamicly stretch and losen up your back. If I am ever standing or sitting for long periods of time, I just get down on the floor and do this stretch.
Exercise to perform: Mckenzie
A rehab exercise to do, as well as strength and flexibility exercise. As you stretch your abs you extend your spine back in the opposite direction from every day forward flexion we strain on our body such as from sitting slouched, standing with poor posture, sleeping, and many more.
Exercise to perform: Hip flexor stretch - standing with back leg straightened (or as much as you can lengthen the back leg)
Tight hips can be a cause to back pain so it is important to stretch out your hips.Sitting down all day will tighten your hips fast and chances are most of us will still be forced to have seated jobs/studies. The sooner you start to regularly stretch out your hips, the better you will feel.
Multi-task your exercise routine by doing exercises that work and target more than one body part at a time. You'll burn more calories, save time, and get amazing results!
What do you have to lose? Only the extra weight and unwanted fat!
Note: Doing exercises which target more than one muscle group at a time can be difficult to master when you're new to exercising. I'd strongly recommend getting a personal trainer to help you push through the tough times and most importantly to teach you how to do the exercise properly! The last thing you want to do when stepping up your fitness routine is to do your exercises incorretly because you could possibly end up causing more harm than good.