The number 1 no-equipment exercise you have to do to increase core strength and flexibility

The number 1 no-equipment exercise you have to do to increase core strength and flexibility

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.

Leg lifts are anyone’s workout routine staple if you are looking for flexibility, core strength and relieving aches and pains.

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.

  1. Start by lying on your back with your head and shoulders off the floor.
  2. Make sure your hands are by your side supporting your lower back.
  3. Lift your legs straight up to a 90-degree angle.
  4. Lower your legs back down slowly.
    Leg lifts are safe for most of us, but you have to take into account some considerations in order not to hurt yourself.

Considerations

Variations

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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Nick Connelly

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