Slide show: Exercises to improve your core strengthBy Mayo Clinic staff
Single-leg abdominal press
The single-leg abdominal press is another popular core-strength exercise:
- Lie on your back with your knees bent (A). Keep your back in a neutral position, not arched and not pressed into the floor. Avoid tilting your hips. Tighten your abdominal muscles.
- Raise your right leg off the floor so that your knee and hip are bent at 90-degree angles. Rest your right hand on top of your right knee (B).
- Push your hand against your knee while using your abdominal muscles to pull your knee toward your hand. Keep your arm straight. Hold for three deep breaths.
- Return to the start position and repeat using your left hand and left knee.
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