Benefits of Stomach Crunches - Mercy Medical Center

Benefits of Stomach Crunches

Posted on: October 11, 2012

Healthy food choices and exercise together lead to healthy weight loss, but what exercises are best for you? Here are a few benefits of stomach crunches.

We exercise to lose weight and tone our muscles, so it is important to know that all exercises are not created equal. Some exercises excel at calorie burning and others are best for strengthening and toning muscles, which are especially helpful after medical weight loss.

Crunches are considered to be a low impact exercise that do not tend to burn a lot of calories but do offer an optimal way to strengthen your abdominal muscles. If you have utilized a medical weight loss program such as Mercy Medical Center’s OPTIFAST®, crunches are a great way to tone and tighten the excess flabby skin that may result from a large amount of weight loss.

Crunches are exercises that use a relatively small range of motion, and although they tone your abs, they do not help melt fat off the abs due to the low calorie burn. To optimize weight loss, try adding a cardio routine to your crunches, and the number of calories you burn with each workout will soar. By adding three sets of 12 – 15 repetitions of crunches after your cardio or circuit training workout, you will easily burn fat and tone loose skin that is a result of weight loss.

In order to successfully lose weight, the bottom line is you must burn more calories than you take in. There are 3,500 calories in a pound; therefore, you must burn this amount of calories to lose a pound of fat. To lose weight, you have to increase your heart rate and burn calories with exercise. If you have repeatedly tried, but still can’t seem to kick the extra pounds, there are many options for non-surgical medical weight loss, including Mercy Medical Center’s OPTIFAST® program. For more information about Mercy Weight Management’s weight loss programs, please call 330-588-4854.

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