We hope you’ve taken our core message to heart this month. While you work to strengthen your abdominals and improve your posture, it’s still important to maintain mobility in your spine — not only to allow you to easily bend forward, backward and side-to-side, but also to rotate left-to-right.
This simple twist stretches the spinal muscles responsible for both stabilizing and moving your spine — giving you a well deserved reset after all that core work.
Twists are also really helpful for digestion as your stomach and internal organs are compressed while you breathe deeply. Keep this move in mind as you head into the holiday season, it might come in handy when youre battling the dreaded food coma!
- Lie on your back and hug your right knee into your chest — take a deep breath.
- On your next exhale take your right leg across your body toward the left and rest your left hand on top of that right thigh.
- Extend your right arm over to the right with the palm facing up — if that feels really awkward for your right shoulder, reach that arm long overhead.
- Look toward your right hand.
- Breath as deeply as you can, taking the breath all the way down toward your low belly.
- Relax your abdominals, and let your shoulders and legs drop a little heavier toward the ground.
- Hold for 5 – 10 deep breaths before switching sides.