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Intense Core Exercise

Side Leg Lifts

This move was inspired by my daughter when she was four months old. I watched her lift her legs in an attempt to sit up and was struck by the way this move targeted the waist muscles as well as inner thighs and hips. The ball provides added difficulty, but it can be done without.

Be sure to lean back slightly so as to avoid resting directly on the hip bone. Not only will this prevent the external obliques, it will hurt like heck! Should you feel discomfort in your back, keep your legs bent or dispense with the ball entirely. This move is intense, so start easy, and listen to your body.

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