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  • Hip and Lower Stomach Muscles

    The rectus abdominis is indeed the most well-known and prominent muscle of the abdominal region. It is a paired muscle, meaning there is one on each side of the midline, and it extends vertically from the pubic bone (pubis) to the lower ribs (fifth, sixth, and seventh ribs).

    The rectus abdominis is commonly referred to as the "six-pack" muscle because it is responsible for the appearance of the abdominal muscles in a well-toned individual. It is divided into segments by fibrous bands called tendinous intersections, which give it a segmented or "six-pack" appearance.

    At the superior (upper) end, the rectus abdominis connects to the xiphoid process. The xiphoid process is a small, cartilaginous extension at the lower end of the sternum (breastbone). It serves as an attachment point for various muscles and ligaments, including the rectus abdominis.

    The rectus abdominis plays a crucial role in trunk flexion, which involves bringing the chest towards the pelvis. It is involved in various movements such as sit-ups, crunches, and other exercises that require bending or flexing the trunk forward.

    It's worth noting that the abdominal region is composed of several other muscles as well, including the external and internal obliques, transversus abdominis, and the deeper muscles of the core. Together, these muscles provide stability, support, and contribute to various movements of the trunk.

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    Kinesiologist, discusses hip and lower stomach strength and flexibility exercises.

  • Hip and Lower Stomach Exercises

    Stretching and exercising the hip muscles can indeed help improve flexibility and loosen them up. It's always important to ensure proper form and technique when performing any exercise to avoid injury.

    Based on your description, it seems like you're performing a variation of the lower body crunch where you lie on your back, lift one leg up onto the knee, and perform a crunch motion. Remember to support your neck during the exercise to prevent strain.

    Starting with a small range of motion is normal, especially if you're just beginning or have tight hip muscles. Gradually, as you continue to perform the exercise and improve flexibility, you should be able to achieve a deeper lower body crunch.

    While exercise is beneficial for overall health, it's important to consult with professionals such as a local family physician, physiotherapist, registered dietitian, or athletic therapist for personalized advice and guidance, especially if you have any existing health conditions or concerns.

    Additionally, a balanced diet plays a crucial role in maintaining good health. If you're looking for dietary advice, a registered dietitian can provide tailored recommendations based on your specific needs and goals.

    Remember to listen to your body, start with a comfortable range of motion, and gradually progress as you feel more comfortable and flexible. If you experience any pain or discomfort during the exercise, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and guidance.



  • Lower Stomach Weight Assisted Strength

    It's great that you've found a beneficial exercise for your hips. Here's a summary of the steps you described:

    1. Start by lying on your back and ensure your neck is supported.
    2. Place one leg straight up in the air, with your knee bent at a 90-degree angle.
    3. Perform a crunch by lifting your upper body off the ground and bringing it closer to your knee.
    4. Slowly lower your upper body back down.
    5. Initially, your range of motion may be limited, but as your hip flexibility improves, you'll be able to perform a deeper crunch.
    6. Aim for 10 to 15 repetitions of the exercise, going at a comfortable pace.
    7. Engage your abdominal muscles by contracting your tummy during the movement.
    8. Keep your upper body relaxed while focusing on the contraction in your core.
    9. Over time, this exercise can not only target your abdominal muscles but also help in loosening up your hips.

    Remember to listen to your body and adjust the exercise intensity or range of motion if needed. If you have any pre-existing conditions or concerns, it's always a good idea to consult with a fitness professional or healthcare provider before starting a new exercise routine.



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