Thursday, May 30, 2013

Day 334- Leg Pull Back Hip Lift Straight Legs with Single Leg Marching

This exercise increases the strength in the back line of the body, and increases stability in the pelvis.

To do this exercise you will need a mat.  Start sitting with your legs lengthened in front of your body.  Reach your hands behind you and place them on the floor with your fingertips pointing to the side.  Inhale into the back of your ribs and then exhale as you lift your hips into the air.  Inhale again and then exhale as you reach through one leg and let it float into the air.  Inhale as you return that leg to the floor and then exhale as you lift the other leg.  Continue alternating for 5-8 repetitions

Things to think about
If your knees are hyperextended be sure that they are soft when you lift the hips.  This will allow you to use the muscles in the back of your legs as opposed to putting pressure on the ligaments behind the knees.  

The hips will want to drop towards the floor when you lift a leg.  Be sure that you are pressing the bottom leg into the ground to keep the hips high.

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