Exercise to engage the deep abdominals and lower back

Toe Tap Exercise-

This is a great low impact exercise for helping to stabilise and strengthen the deep abdominals and the lower back.

Step 1-

Lie on your back with your arms by your side. Engage the core pulling your tummy tight and lift your legs in the air with your knees and feet at hip width. Keeping your spine and hips in a neutral position, relax your shoulders. Using your arms for stabilisation if needed.

Step 2-

Keeping your core engaged, hold your left leg at a right angle and lower your right leg towards the floor slowly and with control. Do not allow the back to arch off of the floor and pull the tummy tight making such that there is no doming of the tummy muscles.

Step 3-

Hold at the edge of the movement, keeping your core tight. Return the right leg to the start position and change legs. Aim for between 5 and 10 reps on each leg.

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