5-Minute Fitness: Pelvic Curl

Strengthen your spine with the following move: “The pelvic curl is an amazing exercise for improving spinal mobility and movement: The goal is to feel the articulation rolling through your spine one vertebra at a time,” says Robin Long, certified Pilates instructor and founder and CEO of The Balanced Life.

Pelvic Curl

  1. Lie on mat with knees bent and feet flat on floor hip-distance apart
  2. Inhale. Exhale, tucking pelvis and curling spine one vertebra at a time into bridge position as shown.
  3. Inhale at top of bridge and stretch until your knees reach over toes.
  4. Exhale, softening chest and slowly curling spine to the ground.

Gradually work up to 10 repetitions daily.

This article is featured in the September/October 2020 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. Subscribe to the magazine for more art, inspiring stories, fiction, humor, and features from our archives.

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Getting Good Habits Back on Track During COVID-19

Many of us dropped our resolve during the COVID-19 outbreak. Stuck inside, isolated from friends and family, we ate too much, drank too much, “forgot” to exercise, and let many other good habits slide. What will it take to shed a few pounds, restart your fitness routine, and drop your newly acquired bad habits? Here are tips for getting back on track from clinical psychologist Vaile Wright, Ph.D., of the American Psychological Association:

This is adapted from an article featured in the July/August 2020 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. Subscribe to the magazine for more art, inspiring stories, fiction, humor, and features from our archives.

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