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Core training is important, but it is easy to go overboard. When you are working a muscle, you are actually breaking it apart. As your body heals your muscle, it makes it stronger so that it won't break down so easily next time. Working muscles every day disrupts this process and can actually result in weaker muscles. Take crunches, for example: In the case of the crunch, you are likely to be using neck and back muscles instead of your abdominal muscles to do the bulk of the work. This can result in serious injury. When working your core, aim for high-quality repetitions of each exercise on three non-consecutive days every week.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|