Abdominal Exercises

To be most effective, abdominal exercises should include focus on working the following muscles:

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  • The abdominal muscles
  • The lower abdominal muscles
  • The outside (oblique) muscles
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Pelvic Tilt – Lie on floor with knees bent, feet parallel and arms to the side

  • Tighten lower abdominal muscles, pulling the navel and lower back toward the floor, without using buttocks or leg muscles (See Figure 10)
  • Hold for 5 seconds
  • 5-10 repetitions

exercise ballTrunk Curl – Lie on floor with knees bent and arms crossed on the chest

  • Using upper abdominal muscles, raise trunk of body off the floor slightly, to about 15 degrees (See Figure 6)
  • Hold 5 seconds
  • Lower trunk slowly to the floor.

To be effective, motion should raise the chest, rather than the head or neck, and only be only a slight lift. Rising too far, to a sitting position, works leg muscles not the abdominals.

Water Exercise/Leg Lifts – Stand in the pool next to the side wall with one hand on the edge

    • Raise one straight leg slowly to the front
    • Lower slowly to the starting position
    • 5 repetitions per leg

Also see Water Therapy Exercise Program

In This Article:

  • Back Exercises and Abdominal Exercise Recommendations
  • Abdominal Exercises and Back Exercises – Getting Started
  • Abdominal Exercises
  • Back Exercises
  • Video: Why is Exercise Important for Lower Back Pain?

Exercise Ball/Sit-ups – Sit on the exercise ball with back in neutral position, feet flat on floor and arms straight overhead

  • Lean back, flexing at hips, and pointing toes to ground (See Figure 5)
  • Hold for 5 seconds
  • Sit up slowly, setting heels back on the ground
  • 5-10 repetitions