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How to do a Curl Up: Health e-University

How to do a Curl Up: Health e-University


Curl up. For this exercise we will be using an exercise
mat for support. Place your hands under your body at the lower
end of your back to keep the spine comfortable and prevent straining your back. Do not flatten your back onto the floor. Bend your left leg and place your left foot
flat on the floor. Keep your right leg stretched straight out. Draw your belly button in towards your spine. Slowly raise your head, neck and shoulders
straight off of the floor to the point that you feel your stomach muscles working. Slowly return to starting position and repeat. Raise your head, neck and shoulders up to
a count of 2 and back down to a count of 3. Do not hold your breath. Breathe normally. After 10 repetitions straighten your right
leg, placing your right foot flat on the exercise mat. Repeat until you have finished 10 to 15 repetitions. Tips to doing this exercise correctly: Halfway
through your repetitions switch legs, so that the left leg is now straight and the right
leg is now bent. When this exercise is done properly you should
only feel your stomach muscles working. You should not feel a strain or pain in your
neck muscles. Avoid using your elbows to help move your
shoulders off of the floor. Start with about 10 repetitions and build
up slowly. It is important to have good form.

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