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Going Crabbing for Core Strength

Postural balance typically requires being able to simultaneously stabilize one body segment, while carrying out a functional task using another segment—like walking or reaching for an object overhead. This action is under the control of the core, which includes the midsection—the transverse abdominus and the obliques—along with the back—the erector spinae—and the latissimus dorsi on the sides of our back.

Here’s an exercise—the Crab—which challenges all these areas—requiring no equipment.

Crab with Toe Touches:

Assume an elevated bridge position with knees shoulder width apart, arm extended behind the body—with palms flat on the floor and fingers pointing toward heels. While keeping the hips elevated, alternate raising one extended leg up and across the body—moving toward the opposite approaching hand. Touch the opposite foot and hand. Repeat to the opposite side. If that is too tough, then simply alternate raising each leg up and across the body—keeping the hips up and not sagging down.

Remember, you should always consult your physician before beginning any exercise, diet, or nutritional supplementation program.

Mackie and April share exercises every Wednesday on WWL-TV