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Doctor insights on: Stomach Crunches

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How can you properly do a stomach crunch?

How can you properly do a stomach crunch?

Avoid them: Actually, stomach crunches have been shown to not be an effective exercise in toning abdominal muscles. Research some alternatives. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more


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I get loose motions after stomach crunches exercise. Is this normal?

I get loose motions after stomach crunches exercise. Is this normal?

Exercise diarrhea: It is not likely that the stomach crunches cause diarrhea/loose bms (unless there is a small hernia somewhere), but abdominal exercise could certainly accelerate bowel peristalsis if the stools are already loose. This would be my guess as to what's happening in you. If it lasts less than a week, I wouldn't worry. If more than a week, consult a physician. ...Read more

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What's the best way to lose excess tummy fat, which exercise: I am doing sit ups and stomach crunches?

What's the best way to lose excess tummy fat, which exercise: I am doing sit ups and stomach crunches?

Abdominal exercise: 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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My abdominal muscles jerk involuntarily (almost like doing stomach crunches). Neurologist has run numerous tests and everything came back normal so diagnosed with spinal myoclonus. Second opinion?

My abdominal muscles jerk involuntarily (almost like doing stomach crunches). Neurologist has run numerous tests and everything came back normal so diagnosed with spinal myoclonus. Second opinion?

Myoclonus: You have an unusual syndrome! If this is caused by spinal myoclonus, you should have an MRI of your thoracic and lumbar spine to evaluate for spinal cord problems as the cause. In many people, no definitive cause is found. ...Read more

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My lowest sacrum bone sticks out and I can feel it it is like a ball, it that bad, and should I talk to a doctor? I can not do correct stomach crunches or roll on my back, I have to lean sideways in order to not feel discomfort.

My lowest sacrum bone sticks out and I can feel it it is like a ball, it that bad, and should I talk to a doctor? I can not do correct stomach crunches or roll on my back, I have to lean sideways in order to not feel discomfort.

The: The bottom of the sacrum is called the tail bone or coccyx. Sometimes people are born with them sticking out or sometimes they stick out after an injury (fracture). In severe cases the coccyx can be removed. I would discuss this with your primary care doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Ar there any other ways too work your stomach besides crunches?

Ar there any other ways too work your stomach besides crunches?

Yes: To tighten ab's: crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge ; “bicycling” exercise on your back. ...Read more

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When should I worry about a sore pectoral muscle which I hurt? It hurts to breathe and if I need to use my stomach muscles (crunches).

When should I worry about a sore pectoral muscle which I hurt? It hurts to breathe and if I need to use my stomach muscles (crunches).

Healing time: It may take a few weeks for the muscle to heal. If it is getting better, even if gradually, give it time and some rest. If you do not notice any difference in two weeks, it would be time to see a doctor.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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How long will it take for me to get a flat stomach when doing crunches?

How long will it take for me to get a flat stomach when doing crunches?

Can't predict that.: Your total body fat- plays a major role here. Exercise alone will not normally give you flat abs. For a flat abdomen eat healthfully ; be physically active. Calories burned must > calories consumed. To tighten ab's do crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge ; “bicycling” exercise on your back. Engage in regular aerobic exercise ...Read more

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I have a pain in my stomach while doing crunches. What does it indicates?

I have a pain in my stomach while doing crunches. What does it indicates?

Muscle pain: Your abdominal muscles are being stretched by doing the crunchies. Keep up the good work. ...Read more

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Why is it when I do crunches my stomach bulges?

Why is it when I do crunches my stomach bulges?

Ventral hernia: If it bulges down the middle (north to south), it's a ventral hernia. Very common, typically not painful. ...Read more

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How might you make your stomach flat without doing crunches?

How might you make your stomach flat without doing crunches?

More muscle less fat: Even the most toned abdominal muscles will not reveal the abdomen you want if they are buried under a beer gut. Decreasing body fat is a key component of washboard abs. That said, anything that strengthens your core (sit ups, crunches, leg lifts, torsion, etc) all play a role in building those muscles. If you don't want crunches try swimming or other whole body exercises. ...Read more

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Pain in lower abdomen. Mostly right below my belly button to the left and worse when I bend or crunch my stomach. Feels bruised when I press.

Abdominal Pain: Abdominal pain can be due to various causes. They can be simple muscle pain to something more serious. If the pain is not very severe, or has not been present for more than few hours to days, I would observe. However, if pain is very severe or progressive, associated with fever, chill, bleeding, etc., you will need to see your physician. ...Read more

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What are abdominal crunches?

What are abdominal crunches?

Abdominal exercise: They're exercise your rectus abdominis and obliques. Begins with lying face up on the floor with knees bent. Then curl the shoulders towards the pelvis. The hands can be behind or beside the neck or crossed over the chest. Injury can be caused by pushing against the head or neck with hands. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-living/fitness/multimedia/abdominal-crunch/vid-20084664 ...Read more

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Will doing crunches make me loss weight in my stomach area?

Will doing crunches make me loss weight in my stomach area?

No: Crunches: cannot cause selective weight loss, however, the abdominal area can look better and the back supported better because of improved rectus abdominus muscle tone. ...Read more

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Is it true crunches can cause your stomach to have a pooch? If so how to work out ur stomach?

Is it true crunches can cause your stomach to have a pooch? If so how to work out ur stomach?

Cardio Mix: While sit-ups can increase abdominal muscle mass they will only minimially help you lose stomach fat, if any. To lose 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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Rare condition that causes the center of my abdomen to puff up or bulge. It is about the size of a hot dog bun. No pain. Happens during crunches?

Rare condition that causes the center of my abdomen to puff up or bulge. It is about the size of a hot dog bun. No pain. Happens during crunches?

Diastasis Rectii: The rectus abdominis ("6-pack")muscles are normally fused in the midline. If they separate from one another, a tent-shaped protrusion is evident in the midline when contracting these muscles. The strong (but thin) tissue that envelopes these muscles, called fascia, remains intact; therefore, there is no hole (like a hernia) and surgery is not necessary. Great description! ...Read more

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Why does my stomach feel full or bloated after doing crunches?

Why does my stomach feel full or bloated after doing crunches?

Vague: Could be when you do the crunches, how you do them- if correctly done, your body type, what and when you last ate or drank liquids, etc. Try different times and positions ...Read more

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I have abdominal pain after crunches. What can I do to soothe the pain?

I have abdominal pain after crunches. What can I do to soothe the pain?

Keep it simple: For acute muscle discomfort, ice and anti inflammatory meds will work (not tylenol (acetaminophen).) if it's more chronic, apply heat, and take it easy. Skip a day or four to give your abs time to rebound. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many crunches should I be doing per day to tone my stomach?

Can you let me know how many crunches should I be doing per day to tone my stomach?

No set number: The more you do the better. You might only be able to do 20 today but 50 in a month. The more you work them out the more you should be able to do. Don't put all of your ab exercise energy into crunches though. Combine it with leg raises, obliques, and other abdominal exercises to work out all your abs. ...Read more

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I do crunches exercise to flatten my stomach. Does t affect my health o affect reproductory organs?

I do crunches exercise to flatten my stomach. Does t affect my health o affect reproductory organs?

No: I am not aware of any studies that show crunches would adversely affect your health or reproductive organs. In fact, an exercise program has been shown in countless studies to be beneficial for your overall health. ...Read more

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Ok, so I'm lying on the floor with my knees up. Exactly what all do I do next for a abdominal crunch?

Ok, so I'm lying on the floor with my knees up. Exactly what all do I do next for a abdominal crunch?

C below: Knees extended toward ceiling, hands over head the flex abdomen & sit up & touch ur toes by elevating ur chest off the floor. Back down & repeat. Try 2 reach goal of series 15-15-25, with short break between each. If 2 easy, add weight 2 hands. Poor image but girl near wall is close. ...Read more

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I was doing too many crunches daily. Now my stomach hurts upper, every time I lay down. Could it be the crunches?

I was doing too many crunches daily. Now my stomach hurts upper, every time I lay down. Could it be the crunches?

Could be.: If you're saying you went from no abdominal exercise to doing too many crunches, then it could be that your upper abdominal musculature is strained, and stretching them while lying down increases the discomfort. If so, this could really take a week or so to resolve. Stop doing the crunches for now, and if pain persists then see doctor for entertainment of other possibilities. ...Read more

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I usally wake up from sleep to urinat 1 or 2 time it causes problem to me I usually do crunches and ather abdominal exercice can this cause th problem?

I usally wake up from sleep to urinat 1 or 2 time it causes problem to me I usually do crunches and ather abdominal exercice can this cause th problem?

Probably not related: Monitor your fluid intake up to 2 hours before sleep. You might be overhydrated or just consuming too much fluid too close to bedtime. Your urine should be clear to light yellow if you are properly hydrated. (if it is darker, then you are likely dehydrated.) keep a log for one week for when you drink and how much, and the color of your urine in the afternoon and 2 hours before sleep. Good luck. ...Read more

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I usually do 500 crunches a day but still don't get properly toned in the stomach area does this mean there's hardened fat or I just gotta work harder?

I usually do 500 crunches a day but still don't get properly toned in the stomach area does this mean there's hardened fat or I just gotta work harder?

Over/underlying fat: Crunches just strengthen the central and upper portion of the stomach muscles. First need to look to see if you are exercising all of the components of your abdomen (obliques etc.). Problem often is there is fat being stored overlying the fat or under the abdominal muscles in the omentum of the intestines. This fat is the hardest to lose. ...Read more

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What exercise modification of a floor abdominal crunch would you prescribe for an individual who has a bulging cervical disc (s)?

What exercise modification of a floor abdominal crunch would you prescribe for an individual who has a bulging cervical disc (s)?

Reverse Crunch: Lie down with head comfortably on towel or small pillow. Bring one knee up to 90 degress, then the other. Press arms into the floor. Tighten stomach and draw knees closer to chest, lifting buttocks if possible. May use object between knees also. Breathe and count with each contraction. Holding breath will aggravate discs. ...Read more

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Doing crunches caused upper abdominal hernia, help?

Doing crunches caused upper abdominal hernia, help?

Physical exam: You should see you primary care provider to find out if it is a hernia or a simple separation of the "six pack" muscles without an actual hole, or hernia. The latter is called diastasis recti, and I'm sure you can find photos of this on the internet. Need an exam to find out for sure. Hope this helps! ...Read more