Its Wise to Do a Sit Ups Test Before Straining your Muscles

By: Muna wa Wanjiru

One of the things you should always remember when you're looking to define your abs and getting into the whole ab exercise thing, is that you are only human and until your muscles get used to the strain you're putting it through, they will protest, and protest loudly. This is partly the reason why it's always a good idea to take things slow when you first begin to exercise. And if you're doing sit ups test yourself and remember to take things slow before proceeding full speed ahead.

This applies whether you're doing sit ups free-style, or whether you're doing sit ups using exercise machines. If you're using the floor as your handy exercise equipment of choice, then always remember to warm up first, and have a cushioned surface where you can lie down on and not feel the chill of the floor.

When you're doing sit ups test yourself, or rather, go slowly at first so that you can gradually ease into the groove of the thing, then get into your natural rhythm. And since these are free style sit ups that you are doing, remember to anchor your feet so that they don't shift everywhere while you're doing your sit ups, and also remember to keep your spine straight without any arching to it.

When you're doing your sit ups test always to make sure that you are indeed using your abdominal muscles to get the workout, rather than your neck muscles, shoulder muscles, or even your back muscles. It's all too easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you're doing your sit ups properly when in reality you're not.

Or if you're used to, or more prone to doing your sit ups on machines, then you don't need to go to such lengths. However, when you're thinking of doing sit ups test the machine out first to make sure that it is the right one for you, or whether the setting it is at, is the right setting for you.

Don't just jump into the fray and start doing sit ups willy-nilly. Take the time to look over your exercise equipment and make sure that it is in proper working order. Even if you are in a gym and these things are looked over and maintained frequently, you can never be too certain and who knows what stresses the person before you subjected the machine to?

There's also a chance that the person before you had the machine on a setting that is just not suitable for your level of exercise, and this is why if ever you're doing sit ups test the machine you're thinking of using, first. You will be glad that you took the time to do so later, when the results of your handy work start to show.

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