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Why Sitting May Be Killing Your Six Pack Abs

You put in a great deal of time and effort at the gym, working hard to tighten your core and carve out your midsection. But, do you stop and take into account what you’re doing the rest of the day? If you spend one hour a day exercising and another 10-12 hours per day sitting, you may not be moving as close to your six-pack ab status as you’d like.

The fact is, sitting can be very detrimental to your ab progress for a number of reasons. Here’s why it’s time that you gave some thought to getting out of your chair and going for a walk.

Sitting Produces A Very Low Calorie Burn

First and foremost, you have your calorie burn. One of the most critical parts of getting to ‘sick-pack-ab’ status is getting lean enough that you can see the abdominal muscles.

This only happens if you are sustaining a proper calorie balance. For those who are sitting for a prolonged period of time, that often is not occurring. As sitting produces an incredibly low calorie burn to the tune of less than one calorie per minute, it’s not doing you any favors in terms of maintaining a favorable body composition.

Even standing can nearly double your calorie burn per hour, so this puts into perspective just how detrimental sitting can be.

Sitting Causes Weakness In The Core Muscle Region

The next reason to avoid sitting if you want to see great success with getting six pack abs is because when you sit, you are essentially creating a weakness in the core muscle region.

Not only do your abs not have to contract to support the body but the lower back muscles can also relax as can the hip flexors and hamstrings. Stretched hamstrings along with tight hip flexor muscles are very common amongst those who sit for prolonged periods of time and can lead to back pain down the road.

If this gets severe enough, it could even prevent you from engaging in physical activity later on.

Sitting Can Lead To Overcompensation

Finally, the last reason sitting is killing your ability to get six pack abs is because over time, as your abs and core grow weaker and weaker, other muscles may start to come into play, compensating for this weakness. This means the abs gets used to not contracting, making it even more challenging to train this set of muscles.

If you want to get six pack abs, it’s important that you focus on engaging your abs as much as you can throughout the day. If you must sit at a desk for work, at the very least, make an effort to get up once per hour and walk around. That alone will have a tremendous influence on preventing lazy ab muscles and destroying your core development progress.


If you’re looking for further abdominal progression, check out the effects of pilates on abdominal muscles.

Please Note: Before following exercise routines or changing your fitness regime, please consult a certified fitness professional. Always talk with a medical practitioner before following dietary advice or taking supplements.

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