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Good Abdominal Exercises If Scoliosis
Many: There are many exercises depending on your abilities. You can do isolated contractions of the abdominal muscles byxoncentrating on pulling in your belly button to your spine and holding it there with muscle contraction. Work up the amount of time you can hold it and over the days and weeks you will increase your abdominal tone. ...Read more
I have 42 degrees scoliosis and I'm 21. Can exercises straighten me up? I do abdominal exercises. Will it worsen my scoliosis?
Less is more: Diastasis rectii is the separation of the normally-fused rectus abdominis ("6-pack") muscles. In my practice, i see this most commonly in women after childbirth or in barrel-chested men who have gained weight. Unfortunately, there is no non-surgical way to re-fuse the muscles; ironically, "core" exercises will only accentuate the split. The best thing to do is to keep your weight down. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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Typically not: The muscles of the abdomen are not connected to, nor directly related to the muscles of the buttocks. The buttocks are composed of gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. The best exercises that help to strengthen and condition these groups of muscles include: squats, leg presses, lunges, hip abduction and stair climbing. Aerobic conditioning can also help reduce overall weight. ...Read more
Maybe: If you lose weight in general from the exercise, your butt may get smaller. Eating less fattening foods can also help you lose weight. There are exercises to tone your butt that will make it look less saggy. See http://www.Fitnessmagazine.Com/workout/butt/exercises/our-top-10-exercises-to-tone-your-butt/. ...Read more
Numerous: There are numerous exercises for your abdominals, including planks, laying straight leg lifts, laying bicycles, crunches, etc. I'm not of aware of any evidence that one exercise is better than another. Mix it up for variety to prevent boredome, and be persistent, and you should see results. This webpage has a good variety: http://www.Health.Com/health/gallery/0, 20664616, 00.Html. ...Read more
Other than doing a plank, push ups and sometimes lower abdominal exercises, what else can I do to get a flatter belly? Any tips?
Cardio Mix: While sit-ups can increase abdominal muscle mass they will only minimially help you loose stomach fat, if any. To loose adipose tissue work on a cardio mix (walking, running, biking, swimming, circuit training, etc - mix it up). Keep in mind that you can not target one specific area of the body to loose weight, and over time the adipose will decrease in many areas of your body (stomach included). ...Read more
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