Last week we talked about back strength and flexibility. This week we’ll show you how to stretch and strengthen the muscles down the sides of your body (for a killer lateral bend!)

images (4)We all know about lateral bends at astride, but try it with your feet together for a whole new perspective on the side stretch. As you bend from side to side you are stretching on the way down and strengthening on the way up. Keep your core strong and your tummy and butt in!

Once you sit on the ground, there’s much less leeway for moving your hips as you stretch, so you will get a more intense stretch this way.

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If you find these too challenging, try lying on your side on a bench or bed and letting the top leg drop down behind you. Or lie across a pilates ball and let it support you while you gently stretch. And remember, never stretch through pain and keep breathing!
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