Doing sit-ups is a quick way to get stronger abdominal muscles. Start off with the basics and then try some modifications to the traditional sit up when you get stronger.
1 Have your knees bent and the balls of your feet and heels placed flat on the ground.
2 Place your hands on opposing shoulders, so that your arms are crossed over your chest, or behind your head. This allows you a central rising point.
3 Tighten your abdominal muscles gently by drawing in your belly button to your spine.
4 Keeping your heels on the ground and your toes flat to the ground, slowly and gently lift your head first, followed by your shoulder blades. Focus your eyes on your bent knees, all the while gently contracting the abdominal muscles. Pull up from the floor until you're at a ninety-degree angle, or when the elbows are on, or past, the knees.
5 Hold the position for a second. Slowly bring the torso back to the floor but try to keep it slightly elevated off the ground. This means not to place your back flat to the ground but to keep a slight, yet relaxed, arch.
Other types of sit ups
1 Work the sides of your abs by doing oblique sit ups.
2 Do bicycle sit ups to give your legs a workout as well.
3 Target your lower abdominals by doing reverse crunches.
4 Do sit ups with an exercise ball if you have back pain and want to minimize strain to your back.
5 Do jack knife sit ups to workout your whole torso and your legs.
6 Learn military sit ups if you want to put your abs through boot camp.
I have been doing these every day for the past 2 weeks and already see a difference. My tummy is my hardest area to lose extra weight and I swear by this regimen. I hike 3 times a week with my friend and now i’m feeling really confident.