Re: abd exercuses for someone with a bad back
Muscles are strengthened when they are contracted. The usual way to strengthen abdomenals is with crunches or similar exercises while lying on the back -- the abs are contracted against the pull of gravity. As you have noted, this also puts a strain on the back and neck, and is not appropriate if you have weaknesses in those areas.
Another way to get that contraction with some resistance is with resistance stretch bands. One option might be to loop a resistance band over a doorknob, sit in a chair with your back to the doorknob, and do a sitting "crunch" by bending forward while holding the stretch band over your shoulders. The band will stretch only so far, but it will give you the resistance that you would normally get from trying to lift yourself from the floor against gravity.
Last edited by rheanna; 05-28-2008 at 06:23 AM.