OK, so sit-ups aren’t really bad.

Standard sit-ups are a perfectly good and well-known way to strengthen abdominal muscles.

The thing is, lots of people think doing sit-ups is some sort of magical exercise that is going to trim the waistline and maybe even give them a six-pack midsection.

Uh, sorry, no …

Unfortunately, the way to get a six-pack abdomen is in the kitchen, not in the gym. But that’s a discussion for another time. We’re talking sit-ups here.

Like I said, sit-ups are fine. Nothing against sit-ups, really, except that are better alternatives.

One thing wrong with sit-ups is that over time, that repetitive up and down motion can start causing lower back problems. Also, existing lower back issues can prevent doing sit-ups in the first place.

Here are some alternatives that will help strengthen that all-important core:

  • Planks
  • Reverse crunch
  • V sit-ups
  • Windshield wipers
  • Scissor kicks

Try some of these to tighten up that core.

Remember, it’s important to have a strong core. Think about it — the core helps support all the other muscle groups in your body!

You can do it.

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