Exploring pushdowns

Push-downs strengthen the abdomen, especially the lower abdomen. In addition to a floor exercise, you can do push-downs in a seated position by pushing your lower back against the back of your chair. You can perform this exercise sitting in a car, on a plane, or at the office.

1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet on the floor at hip width.

Rest your arms near your sides, palms down.

2. As you exhale, push your lower back down to the floor for 3 to 5 seconds (see Figure 9-1).

3. As you inhale, release your back.

4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 six to eight times.

Figure 9-1:

Push your lower back down as you exhale.

Figure 9-1:

Push your lower back down as you exhale.

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