March 20, 2011
In the American way of thinking, hard, flat abdominal muscles are the embodiment of a healthy physique. While strong, toned core muscles support good body health, it may not be as important as Western culture would lead us to believe.
Too much belly fat is unhealthy. However, working too hard to eliminate fat can also cause serious problems. For the 10 percent of us who are actually capable of acquiring them, six-pack abs come at a price – reduced flexibility and freedom of movement.
Women who work the abs too much can suffer estrogen depletion, bone weakness, and fractures. Overdoing abs exercises can also lead to a flattening of the lumbar curve, creating a weakened spinal structure.