Today’s Workout column: Boat pose engages midsection

Marlo Alleva
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Marlo Alleva demonstrates a boat pose with extended pulsing arms.

When it comes to working your core, even the simplest of exercises can be a challenge! Luckily, nearly every (body part) exercise you perform engages your midsection for balance and stability. In turn, that section of your body is always getting somewhat of a workout.

We all have our “go-to” abdominal exercises but it is always good to throw in an extra challenge from time to time.

Our move today is a boat pose with side extended arms. All you need for this exercise is a flat surface. This move focuses directly on your midsection and will also build balance and stability.

Begin this boat pose by sitting square on the ground. Holding your chest tall and engaging the core, extend both legs out in front of you, keeping them close together. Proceed to slightly lean your upper body back, creating a tighter squeeze in your middle. Once you find a comfortable position, continue into your move by lifting the feet off the ground. Keeping the legs straight and close together, hold them in a position creating something close to a V shape with your body.

Now, once your body is in position and balanced, extend your arms straight out to each side with your palms facing the ground.

Find a focal point and begin tiny pulses with the arms. Continue this pulsing motion while holding the core tight and strong.

Focus on a determined amount of time for this boat pose. Then release, giving your back a break. Then return for a couple more sets.

This move can be modified for all levels.

Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Gold’s Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA in Lakeland, Florida, can be reached at faluvzpa@msn.com.