If you are working out from home, and you want to gain core strength and flexibility, here is the best exercise to include in your workout routine.
Leg lifts are anyone’s workout routine staple if you are looking for flexibility, core strength and relieving aches and pains.
Leg lifts are designed to train the upper and lower upper abdominal muscles and they improve the flexibility of the back extensors and hips flexors. Though they might look easy to perform, when performed correctly, it targets lower abs –usually hard to reach–, and the whole core.
How to perform leg lifts
Leg lifts are safe for most of us, but you have to take into account some considerations in order not to hurt yourself.
- Start by lying on your back with your head and shoulders off the floor.
- Make sure your hands are by your side supporting your lower back.
- Lift your legs straight up to a 90-degree angle.
- Lower your legs back down slowly.
- Always make sure your lower back touches the floor the entire time –this is the hardest part of the exercise, but it is very important.
- The lower you go, the more difficult the exercise is, so regulate this according to your strength.
- To increase the intensity, place a ball between your legs at the ankles.
- Stretch your hands creating a T shape, this puts more emphasis on the abdominal muscles.
Who can perform leg lifts (safely)
Seek professional help if you are suffering any tightness in the hip flexors, although this exercise is great to relieve pain, if you do not do it properly, it can create pain in your lower back.
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