I am going to round out my workout today with some core exercises and you know I will be including this one in the mix. Seated oblique twists are a great exercise to help you work on balance, lower back and abdominals muscles.
Remember to check with your doc before you start any exercise program and think about:
- Engaging your pelvic floor muscles (Kegels).
- Making the exercise more challenging by holding a medicine ball or hand weight.
- Making the exercise easier by keeping your feet on the floor.
Seated Oblique Twists
- Begin seated on a mat. Lift your knees up with your shins parellel to the floor.
- Lean your upper body back until your feel your abdominals engage. Try not to round your shoulders forward to maintain a neutral spine.
- Inhale and as you exhale drop your left elbow down to touch the floor (pictured) or as close to the floor as your are comfortable.
- Inhale to return to centre and as you exhale, repeat the elbow drop on the right side.
- Repeat 10 times on each side for 2-3 sets.
How often do you work your abdominal muscles?
For me, it is 3-4 times a week. I also try to focus on working these muscles while I am doing other exercises like weight lifting, yoga and running.