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Is it a good idea to do abs exercise daily? Let’s find out

Published on:9 February 2021, 12:32pm IST
There is a whole lot of good and bad that can happen, if you do abs exercise daily. That’s why you need to figure, if you want to train your abs regularly, or just once a week.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Doing abs daily – yay or nay? Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Every gym has a set of people who train their abs almost every single day. But is it really a good idea to work on your abs daily? Conventionally, it is believed that the more you work on a muscle the better it gets, but according to new-age trainers, that’s not the case. It is a point of contention among fitness professionals. 

That’s why we wanted to check the consequences of training your core or abs daily.

The good things that will happen to you, if you do your abs daily
1. Your muscle endurance is likely to improve

Your abs have four main parts – the transverse abs (the deepest ones), rectus abs (aka six-pack), external oblique (run from hips to ribs), and internal oblique (they lie below external oblique). When you train your abs daily, your muscle endurance goes up, according to a study published in the journal Sports Medicines.

But for that you have to do targeted exercises for all four different parts of your core.

2. Your back pain might get better

If done correctly, abs exercises daily can help to bring more strength and stability to your spine. But for that, your posture, choice of exercise, the surface on which you are exercising, and number of reps you are doing matters a lot.

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Don’t stick to just one abs move. Try them all. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
3. Your overall performance can improve too

You must have heard umpteen times that you must power all your moves from the core, as you get all the strength from there. Basically, your core fuels the exercise, and if you have a strong core, then your overall performance increases by leaps and bounds. Doing abs daily might also help to achieve that.

4. Can help you get stronger pelvic muscles

There are various abs exercises that focus on your pelvic floor muscles. So, trainers who believe that doing abs daily is a great idea also support the fact that exercises like bridge pose, plank, leg press, leg raises, etc. helps to tighten pelvic muscles.

But you might also get hurt if you do abs daily, so be careful
1. It can imbalance your muscles

The logic is very simple – if you train one muscle daily, and leave behind the others, then of course the one that receives training will look better than the rest. This can create a disproportion. Your body might not look linear, and can make the entire appearance distasteful.

2. It can lead to neck pain

Do them wrong and be prepared for an injury. This majorly happens when you do ab crunches. Not supporting your neck properly is the main reason behind it. And if you do it daily, then you might aggravate this problem even more. So, check with your trainer on the right way to support your neck to avoid neck injury or pain.

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Do those crunches right to avoid neck pain. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
3. You might overtrain your muscles

All the four muscles that are there in the abdominal region are not very big muscles. So, you have to be really careful while training them. If you just do exercises that train only one muscle group, then there are chances of it getting over trained, which can also lead to muscle spasm and injury.

That’s why it is very important to know what exercise focuses on which muscle. That will help you pick and choose, allowing you not to overtrain yourself.

Experts also believe that just like any other muscle, it is always better to give some rest to your abdominal muscles. That’s why doing abs daily is not really a great idea.

Also, just doing spot reduction is not going to give you six-pack abs. You have to invest your time in some kind of HIIT training to get rid of that belly fat.

So we have put both sides in front of you, now you decide.

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.