I love exercises that work multiple areas of my body; challenging moves never bore. Plus, you can feel the benefits of core strength work almost immediately. This variation on the side plank targets your shoulders, waist, abs, back, outer thighs, and glute meds (the gluteal muscle on the side of the pelvis that helps stabilize your hip joint).
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- Place your right elbow on the ground. Extend both legs out so that your body is in one straight line, and you're balancing on the outside edge of your right foot. Flex both feet if you can and rest your left hand on your upper hip.
- Keeping your spine lengthened and your abs engaged, lift your left leg up just higher than our top hip. Then slowly lower it back to your bottom leg.
- Keep your waist up and lifted and don't sink into your bottom shoulder.
- Do three sets of 15 to 20 repetitions on each side.