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Try This Instead of Crunches

Are crunches your go-to exercise for core strength?

If so, you’re not alone.

Crunches are a popular exercise, but did you know they can do more harm than good?

If you want to strengthen your core without compromising your back, try the exercise below.

Build Core Strength

In the video below, Physical Therapist Tina Hines, PT DPT, explains why crunches aren’t the best option for building core strength. She also shows you a core exercise that will fit into your training routine.

Strengthen, Tone, Stretch

Learn how to enhance your strength, posture, and overall health with routines designed by Physical Therapists.

When we do crunches, we put a lot of pressure on the discs in the back.

It can also be quite painful to lay on a hard floor or surface to do them.

One safer alternative to crunches, that will help build core strength, is the bird dog.

To do this exercise, find a soft, stable surface like a yoga mat or table.

Start on your hands and knees, with your hands directly beneath your shoulders and your knees directly beneath your hips.

Tighten or engage your core.

Keeping your core muscles engaged, lift your right leg straight out behind you while reaching your left arm straight out in front of you. Hold this position for three seconds before returning to both hands and knees.

Repeat on the opposite side, lifting and holding your left leg and right arm.

Complete ten repetitions per side.

For the best results, incorporate strengthening exercises into your routine three days per week.

Want help building a routine to move and feel better?

Join our Strengthen, Tone, Stretch class from 7:00 – 8:30pm on Wednesday, Oct. 26th at The Powerhouse. All proceeds from this donation-based event will benefit breast cancer research at Roswell Park.

Can’t attend in person? You can still join and support the cause! Register to receive a replay to watch at your convenience.

Click to button below to register or learn more.