Slide show: Exercises to improve your core strength
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This core-strength exercise, called the superman, can help strengthen your lower back:

  • Lie on your stomach with a rolled towel or a small pillow under your hips to support your back. You might also use a folded towel to support your head. Tighten your abdominal muscles.
  • Raise your right arm off the floor (A). Hold for three deep breaths. Lower your right arm and repeat with your left arm.
  • Raise your right leg off the floor (B). Hold for three deep breaths. Lower your right leg and repeat with your left leg.
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