Stomach Muscles


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Stomach Muscles

Dear Ms. KnowBody,

I feel so embarrassed in gym class because I can't do curl ups.Everybody can do it and I feel embarrassed every time.Is there something wrong with my stomach?

Dear Lydia:

That’s a great question. I am assuming that curl ups are like sit-ups (I am old school) and are meant to strengthen your stomach muscles. If you can’t do curl ups, it does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong with your stomach. But, if you are concerned about your health then I suggest that you make an appointment to talk with your doctor. Otherwise, you can try to strengthen your stomach muscles with some targeted exercises like those found in this link:

Good luck and feel free to update me on your progress.

Ms. KnowBody