Pain Caused by Overdoing Ab Exercises

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Overdoing an AB exercise can lead to a lot of trouble (and pain) down the road. Find out about pain caused by overdoing AB exercises with help from a Jazzercise instructor for 22 years in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Kristen Rzasa, owner of InterPlay Health and host on FTNS World's 1st Fitness Radio. Today, I'm here at the Jazzercise Fitness Center in Stamford, Connecticut to talk about overdoing ab exercises. Although the burn of a good hard workout can be satisfying, it's important not to overdo it for any muscle group including your abdominals. Having sore muscles is a sign that you are getting results and working hard, however, if you experience severe pain, it may be time to back off. You could be overdoing it and experiencing injury from over-training. If you keep doing the same exercises over and over again, your body may not be getting the proper time it needs to recover. This might be a sign that you need to modify your workout. Try variations on abdominal exercises that work the muscles through the core. You can vary your repetitions and gradually increase your intensity so that you can avoid severe muscle soreness. If you are experiencing pain from overdoing it with your ab exercises, another tip is to stretch it out, long, slow yoga poses like the Cat and Cow stretch are great for easing abdominal pain. So you're going to alternative between the Cat and Cow Pose by slowly rounding your back, dropping your head down and then reversing that stretch by tipping the chin up toward the ceiling and bringing the tailbone up. Repeat that a few times to help lessen pain caused by overdoing ab exercises. Those are a few ways you can minimize pain from overdoing it with your ab exercises. I'm Kristen Rzasa here at The Jazzercise Fitness Center in Stamford, Connecticut.

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