Note: We recommend that you start with this posture and replace it with push-downs II (in the following section) when you're ready to advance.
The abdomen is considered the front of your back (see Chapter 9). Keep this key area strong and toned if you want to prevent back problems. The pushdowns are a great way to get that party started because they strengthen your abs without involving your neck and improve your core strength.
1. Lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet on the floor at hip width, rest your arms near your sides with your palms down.
2. As you exhale, push your lower back down to the floor for 3 to 5 seconds as demonstrated in Figure 22-4 and then inhale.
As you inhale, your back releases from the push down.
3. Repeat Step 2 six to eight times.
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