Sit-ups are a tremendously effective exercise for a number of reasons. Their health benefits also span much further than you’d likely imagine – they extend beyond simple muscle growth and improved tonality. Sit-ups create a synergistic environment in your body where your muscles and organs harmonize to reach a point of prime optimization.
The term sit-up is often used interchangeably with the crunch, but in fact, the two exercises are a bit different. They start in the same position, lying on your back, but sit-ups require that you lift your entire torso whereas crunches only require you to lift your shoulders and upper back in a motion that’s much quicker and more repetitive.
The crunch is more like a variation of the sit-up, and thus we’ll go into more detail about how to do crunches later in the article. Both sit ups and crunches inherently contain a lot of health benefits, but sit ups are generally done slower and thus create benefits related to endurance, whereas crunches are good for improving strength.
Sit ups are quite versatile as well.For those hoping to reap specific health benefits, depending on which variation of sit-up you do, you can target different areas of your body.
It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor before starting any exercise routine, and the sit-up is not exempt from this rule. Its incredible benefits don’t’ come without a certain amount of risk – but as long as you don’t have any pre-existing medical conditions, and you learn how to do the exercise properly, you’ll be able to do them without injury.