This exercise is very effective for targeting the core stabilizing muscles.
Lie on your side on an exercise mat with your body supported on one forearm and your legs straight and stacked on top of each other. Engage your core, exhale, and lift your hip off of the floor until your torso and legs form a straight line.
Now, lift the top leg straight up, without letting your hips drop toward the floor. Inhale and lower the leg back to the start position. Repeat 8-12 times, then switch sides.
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