- : Always consult a physician before attempting any exercise program.
- Step 1: Step 1: Lie face up Lie face up on the floor.
- Step 2: Step 2: Bend knees Bend your knees so that your feet are flat on the floor.
- Step 3: Step 3: Place hands behind head Place your hands on the back of your head with your elbows out to the side. Lace your fingers behind your head.
- Step 4: Step 4: Lift off ground In one motion, squeeze your stomach muscles, lift your shoulders off the floor, and bring your torso upright while keeping your neck straight and your elbows out.
- TIP: Don’t put strain on your neck with your arms—lift with your abs.
- Step 5: Step 5: Lower yourself back down Slowly lower yourself back down with a curved back, one vertebra at a time.
- TIP: If you’re having trouble, tuck your feet under something sturdy like a bed or couch to make your sit-ups easier.
- Step 6: Step 6: Repeat until exhausted Do sit-ups until you’re exhausted, then—if you’re really hardcore—just roll over on your stomach and start cranking out those push-ups.
- FACT: A proper sit-up—one where your feet aren’t braced—also uses stabilizer muscles in your hips and back, making it good for more than just a six-pack.
You Will Need
- A clean carpeted or padded floor surface
- Something sturdy to tuck your feet under
- like a bed or a couch