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Strong Abs Can Lengthen Your Life


There have been many studies done that show that people with large waists tend to develop the most dangerous diseases.  There is also plenty of evidence to prove this.



According to the National Institute of Health, a waist size bigger than forty inches significantly increases your risk of diabetes and heart disease so get that weight off.



Yet in another study from 2001, called the Canadian Heart Health Surveys, over nine thousand individuals between the ages of eighteen and seventy four were studies.  Researchers found that to keep a male in maximum health the waist size should be no more than thirty five inches in girth. Once your waist is any larger you are definitely developing risk factors for heart disease.



The researchers also found that once your waist reaches more than 36.8 inches you have a more than significantly elevated risk for a heart attack.  A heart attack is caused when an area of muscle is permanently damaged by a lack of blood flow.  Men with the biggest bellies had a sixty percent higher risk.



Despite the fact that we know that it is dangerous to have a larger waist the average American male’s waist size has grown to 38.8 inches which is up from 37.5 inches in 1988.  So the trend is towards American men getting fatter, rounder and more unhealthy.



Although having stronger abdominal muscles is no guarantee that you will never land in a hospital with a disease it certainly helps prevent the likelihood of it. You can reduce body fat and significantly cut the risk factors associated with many diseases.


Upper body obesity can also lead to obstructive sleep apnea. During this condition the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses and blocks your airways and makes it difficult to breathe.



Yes, belly fat is a kilelr.  The World Health Organization has claimed that up to one third of all cancers of the kidney, digestive tract and colon are caused by being inactive and overweight.  And carrying that spare tire around your waist is particularly hazardous to your health.



Fat waistlines also mean an increased risk of diabetes. Right now over thirteen million Americans have adult onset diabetes but so many more people go undiagnosed.   The bottom line is that a lean waistline helps prevent diabetes.  That is why it is  imperative to get rid of that belly fat now.



How Abs Can Strengthen the Back

Abdominal strengthening exercises are also sometimes called core-strengthening exercises.  This is because when you do these tummy-toughening exercises they take the burden of carry weight off the back and the trunk of the body in general.  Doing tummy strengthening exercises can also speed weight loss. Abdominal exercises can also increase your all over flexibility as well as your ability to rotate from side to side.



The reason that abdominal strengthening exercises are also called core-strengthening exercises is because the prevent you from doing damage to your boady’s frame. The stronger you abdominal muscles are the less likely you are to sustain a back strain or back injury or develop a hernia.




The point of this type of core training is to strengthen what are called the deep abdominal muscles. This grouping of muscles that extends from the ribs to the crotch are called the transversus abdominis or TvA for short. The TvA has been targeted as a muscle group that has influence on the stability of the spine and thus has been promoted as important for back protection; and, the advice goes, that if you develop the spine will be strengthened.



You may even expeirence the disappearance fo all back pain. Of course before embarking on any exercise program with the intention of trying to heal back pain it is important to consult with your doctor or a physical fitness expert first.



One of the most well known of these ab strengthening exercises are what are known as plain old sit ups. Leg raises, sit up with twists side to side are part of a typical core strengthening routine. Professional trainers also offer classes in gyms that employ the use of medicine balls or air filled exercise balls to perform core strengthening moves.



You can also do abdominal strengthening exercises all day, when you are sitting at your desk or doing just about any type of activity. Trainers advise sucking in the transversus abdominis muscles to strengthen your muscles daily. This will help you withstand the stress of weight training and other sports as well as give you more stamina and strength when it comes to doing every day activities that entail bending over and lifting. a valley to it when as you suck the muscles in.



Remember not to overdo it when it comes to core strengthening. Abdominal strengthening exercises can give you a washboard stomach but if you are not fond of this reptilian body building look then be sure to moderate yourself.