Side Plank Strengthens Legs and Core

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Side Plank Strengthens Legs and Core

Build up strength in your glutes and your core at the same time with the side plank, a yoga pose that is great cross-training for runners.

Here's how to do it:

-Start in a plank position, also known as a high pushup.

-Rotate to the right, so you are balancing on your right hand, and spin your feet so you are balancing on the outside edge of your right foot, with your left foot stacked directly on top of it. If this is too challenging at first, bend your right knee and place it on the floor.

-Regardless of foot position, the goal is to extend your left arm toward the ceiling, and to keep your left hip raised as high as you can.

-Hold for 10-20 seconds. Switch sides.

As you get stronger, you should be able to raise the top leg a few inches, while balancing on one hand and the side of the bottom foot.



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