Q&A with Australian Health Experts
Will sit-ups and ab exercises help me lose weight around my stomach?
I am an accredited Exercise Physiologist and have worked with a variety of clients including chronic disease, general population, athletes and corporate/workplace. To give a ... View Profile
To give you a short quick answer it will a little but your time would probably be better served jogging or being on a bike if you have excess fat around the waist line.
I have been a practising Exercise Physiologist in Tasmania now for 16 months. Prior to this I completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science at the ... View Profile
Put simply, no. Like the above comment suggests, aerobic- based exercise is much more effective if the goal is to lose weight and reduce your waist circumference. Meeting, or if possible exceeding the national guidelines of 150mins/week of moderate intensity aerobic-based planned exercise (minimium) would be a start and then you can build up from there. Pick a type of exercise (brisk walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, rowing etc) you enjoy and stick with it!
Remember not to discount diet. Energy balance is crucial!!
Sports Physiotherapist for over 30 years, now more interested in teaching. Men's Health is my only clinical interest and not just the dangly bits. I ... View Profile
Yes. But only if you do the ab workouts instead of eating. Seriously. When you crave an energy top up, replace it with a 10 minute distraction (I call this an `abstraction`) then bask in the warm glow of successfully breaking a habit.