Exercise of the Week–SIDE BEND

This week’s exercise focuses on balance and providing you a great stretch.

Here’s how to do it:

Lie down on a mat, hips and knees in alignment. (Bending you knees and bringing you feet behind you will make this exercise easier. Keeping you legs straight, one foot in front of the other, will make it more challenging.)

Then prop yourself up on your hand, arm extended with a slight bend in the elbow. (If you have wrist or shoulder injuries/pain, you can prop yourself up on your elbow instead.)

Lift your hips off the ground, balancing on your lower knee or both feet (depending on the level of difficulty you selected.)

Raise your top arm up over your head and push your rib cage toward the ceiling. You want to make an arch with your body like a rainbow.

Hold for two deep breaths.

Lower your hips back to the ground, keeping your upper body propped up on your arm. Take a deep breath.

Repeat three times, then switch to the other side and repeat all the steps

As always, listen to your body. If something hurts, don’t do it. Keep that belly button pulled in and lift that kegel.


About the Author:

Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.

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