heel-touches

Looking to target those love handles a bit during your core training?  Then it’s time to add in Heel Touches.  This simple, but effective exercise will not only target those often-overlooked oblique muscles, but will also go a long way in helping build overall strength through the core and helping with things such as good posture and preventing low back pain.

 

How To Do Them:

  • Lie on the floor (on your back) with your knees bent and feet about 18-24 inches apart.
  • Extend your arms out to each side of your body and raise your shoulders slightly off the ground.
  • Using your abdominal muscles reach your right hand toward the heel of your right foot. Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side.
  • Continue slowly alternating for 8-12 reps per side.

 

Helpful Tips:

  • As you reach your hand to your heel, pause briefly and exhale before returning to the starting position.
  • Always focus on using your abdominal muscles and avoid excess “hunch” or curling of the shoulders.
  • Try not to let your neck initiate the movement.
  • Go slow…do not let momentum take over. Always pause and re-set at the starting position.
  • Be sure to keep good foot position with your heels into the floor.


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