How to Tighten Your Core – Fingers to Toes Exercise
This exercise specifically targets the middle and upper rectus abdominals, commonly known as the “abs”, the external oblique, the outermost muscle of the abdomen and the internal oblique, the intermediate muscle of the abdomen. Rectus abdominals is a muscle that runs vertically along the anterior wall of the abdomen. Besides targeting these major abdominal muscles, this exercise also involves the hip flexors, a group of muscles that help to pull the legs upward.
Lots of people wish to have toned abs and a lean stomach. While this exercise helps in achieving the coveted six-pack abs, it also helps in strengthening the other muscles of the body. Most people who have weak or overly tight muscles often suffer from muscle spasms and back aches. This exercise, in conjunction with other exercises, helps in strengthening the abdomen, the lower back, and the hips. The fingers to toe abdominal crunch target the core muscles and help in reducing the severity of back aches. It also reduces the risk of a back injury and it prevents many exercise-related injuries. Since this exercise strengthens the back and the abs, it helps in improving the posture and balance of the body (1).