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Fast Friday - Functional Oblique Abdominal Muscle Practice - Holding Straight

Here is Friday Fast Fitness - use your oblique abdominal muscles functionally - to hold yourself straight against resistance:

  1. Stretch out on the floor. Turn to the side, standing on one hand and one foot
  2. Hold straight as long as you can. Don't sag. Feel how to hold yourself straight and relaxed.
  3. For more, raise the top leg. Keep body straight, instead of bending forward at the hip. Don't increase the inward curve at the lower spine when you raise the leg. Keep neutral spine.
Photo is of one of my students, Dr. Hanley Owen, a physician from Fairbanks Alaska, who took a workshop with me at the Wilderness Medical Society meeting 2008. Check my web site CLASS page for workshops this summer -

Instead of curling forward and sideways to exercise abdominal muscles, this drill retrains oblique abdominal the way you need them in real life - to keep you straight instead of slouching to the front or side when carrying shoulder bags and other loads, including yourself.

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Dr. Bookspan is an award-winning scientist whose goal is to make exercise easier and healthier.