Sit Ups And Crunches

in Abs

The difference between a sit up and a crunch is debatable but generally it comes down to how far up and close your knees you get with each repetition. A sit up works more of your abs due to the increases range of the motion. The full sit up uses your entire set of 6 abdominal muscles beginning with the upper portions and working the way down as you get higher.

A crunch on the other hand mainly works the upper abs and are generally easier for most people to do. Both make great hotel room workouts though since they target the muscles most people want to build up. The midsection is often hard hit for frequent travelers since sitting on planes, buses, and trains causes the abs to get lazy from little use. People also tend to eat worse when they travel, often eating out because cooking isn’t an option and being less inhibited with their diet away from home.

sit upsSit ups and crunches are a great ‘filler’ exercise you can do throughout the day and in between sets of other hotel room workouts like push ups or squats. You’ll want to mix it up between both crunches and sit ups though and it can be easy getting caught just doing crunches. They are easier and many people think they’re just as effective as sit ups, which isn’t the case. These ab workouts both burn around 9 calories per minute and you can do them during your morning routine or to wake yourself up after a long afternoon nap.

Sit ups and crunches can be hard on your back if you’re sensitive and most hotel room floors are pretty hard. You can use any spare blanket in the room or perhaps order one from the front desk and lay it across the floor so you don’t get as sore. If you pack light, many yoga mats will fit in backpacks, or be carried on a plane easily and hardly weigh anything. They too can be a good buffer between your back and the hotel room floor.

Getting Sit Ups Right

Doing a good sit up is pretty easy the first time, it’s after a couple that people tend to lose their form. Due to fatigue or laziness many people will move their feet closer to their butts or not lift themselves up far enough turning a crunch into a neck exercise. It is also important not to keep your hands behind your head or neck since it causes strain and can increase the chance of injury. You’ll want to make sure your hands are on the side of your head and can’t be used to lift or force your head out of position.

Lift up and come down slowly and make sure both are proportional to each other. You should attempt to balance the time so that each repetition up takes as long as each repetition down. Like squats, you don’t want to bounce, otherwise you’ll be doing a bunch of nothing only to see no real results.

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