Here’s a Pilates exercise. Try to do it every day this week and work on perfecting your form. It will take less than five minutes to do.
Lay on your stomach, arms extended overhead, legs open hip distance apart.
Lengthen the low back as if you are imprinting on the ceiling.
Inhale to prepare.
Exhale, lift all four limbs off the ground.
Begin pumping the arms and legs (lifting opposites a little higher)
Inhale for a count of five; exhale for a count of five.
Continue for 50 seconds. Take a 10 second break and repeat.
It’s a great way to help television commercials go by.
If that version of swimming is too challenging when you start, instead of lifting all four limbs off the ground at once, keep your arms, legs, and head on the ground and just lift opposite arm and opposite leg off the ground. Return your limbs to the floor before you lift the other side.