Marlee, I remember on another thread you were interested in ab exercises that didn't hurt the neck or back. I do pilates almost everyday. I started off with really simple ones, and took more rests than in my videos. Now that my abs are stronger, I have an easier time as I don't rely on the neck muscles as much. I do a more advanced ab routine now, but I still have to take more rests or do less reps than they do to rest my neck. Some days I skip the ones that hurt more. But there are some there that are really easy on the neck if you want to start off. I need to lose weight, but more than that I needed to trim the tummy. I now only look 5 mths pregnant instead of 7 mths, lol. If I miss my abs workout for a few days in a row, my tummy bulges out again.
This first link is an excerpt of the video I started off with. Warning, the standing routine is a killer on the legs! But one I wanted to show you was the pelvic tilt (about
halfway through the montage). Your head is resting on the mat, so no strain. Lift up your pelvis, just think of bringing the legs closer to the spine, and the spine to the floor. This is a great start to be aware of your abs and engaging the right muscles.www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8IdcCVsLmU&feature=related
This is another excerpt from the same video. This is great for helping with balance, and also uses the abs. When I first started, my arms were to weak to hold up for long, so when I tired, I put them at my sides. After the reps are done, stretch your right arm up, left by your side, left foot extended to the side. Then bring your right elbow and left knee together, you should feel the side of the tummy work. Stretch back out. This is such a good stretch, and once you are stronger, keep the extended leg off the floor to make the abs work even more. Repeat with the other side.www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ3aWEpODXM&feature=related
This one is rolling like a ball. When I first started I had to kick up my feet, and I also could only grab under the knees, no way I could get back up if I was holding on to my ankles. As I got stronger I was able to grab further down my legs. I can almost do it holding my ankles now!www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpBRpS3qASk
Leg lifts are another I really like. Again, the head is resting, so I can work the abs without strain on my neckwww.wonderhowto.com/how-to/video/how-to-isolate-core-muscles-with-pilates-single-leg-lifts-235092/
I hope that this can help someone interested in starting to work out.
Wishing you peace and happiness. (((HUGS)))
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