Abdominal workouts that aren’t done while laying on your back are an alternative if you have back or neck pain or injuries. This week’s exercise is the kneeling crunch. This is one example of a modified exercise that causes less strain on the neck and back, but still allows you to get the desired workout. In fact, standing ab exercises can be more helpful than on-the-floor moves at improving everything you do in a standing position, from boxing to tennis to golf to carrying your kids. But, please speak to your provider prior to starting a new exercise regimen to avoid any injury.
- Loop a resistance band through a sturdy anchor above you. (You can read here for some helpful suggestions on how to maintain your resistance bands no matter where you use them).
- Kneel on the floor with your back to the band. Reach over your shoulders to grab onto one side of the band with each hand. Your hands should be resting at the front of your shoulders. This is the starting position.
- Pull the band and bend your torso forward to crunch down against the resistance. Maintain the movement only in your core.
- Slowly extend your torso back up to the starting position. Be careful to not let the band spring back quickly. That’s 1 rep.
- Complete 15-20 reps for one set. Complete 3 sets. Once you can easily complete the sets, increase the difficulty by adding more reps, or use a band with more resistance.