Exercise of the Week: Spinal Rotation

This is a great one for a hot week because it takes more focus than exertion.

Here’s how you do it:

  • Sit up tall on your sits bones, legs straight out in front of you. (If this position is uncomfortable, you can cross your legs.)
  • Extend your arms out to the sides, reaching them long, but try not to let your shoulders crunch up to your ears. (Palms face down.)
  • Inhale while facing forward.
  • Take a deep exhale while twisting to one side for three seconds.
  • Inhale to return to center.
  • Exhale for three seconds and twist in the opposite direction.
  • Repeat five times each side.

Reminders: Make sure you are twisting from the obliques, not the hips. If you see one leg pulling in when you twist, then you are actually getting less core work. Also try to make sure you lengthen through the spine, especially when twisting. Try not to collapse. And always remember to pull the shoulder blades away from the ears without lowering the arms. As always, try to enjoy doing the exercise. Your spine will love you for it.


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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