This month’s exercise of the month focuses on the abdomen. Considered the centre of the body, it is what connects the upper half of the body to the lower half. Formed by a collection of tendinous sheaths, intersections and the main muscles (the rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, and the internal/external obliques) the abdomen allows the body to bend, twist, assist with remaining upright, and is a necessary region of muscles for everyday function.
Please note: If this exercises causes excessive pain or discomfort, cease exercise and seek consultation with your health professional.
This exercise challenges the abdominal region by forcing the muscles to work against gravity and keep the spine in alignment. Our point of interest this month is to work the abdominals isometrically. That is, through a sustained contraction to develop increased muscular endurance and durability. The reason for this is because the abdominals, throughout daily activities, are used as a bracing set of muscles that help keep the spine in alignment and avoid excessive hunching.
If you are unable to follow the full range of motion shown in the exercises that is okay. Only work within your physical capabilities.