Help eliminate poor posture with the pelvic raise.

Sit on the ball. Walk forward and lean back until the head, shoulders and upper body only are leaning against the ball. Pull abdominal muscles inward. Hips should be unsupported by the ball and lower than the upper body. Position arms to form right angles with the head. Then squeeze buttocks and lift hips so the body is parallel with the floor. Practice this position a few times. Then place a small ball between the knees and perform the same exercise.

This exercise:
1) develops the inner thigh muscles (adductors) to act as stabilizers;
2) strengthens the hips which helps to improve posture;
3) decreases hip rotation and helps reinforce level hips;
4) helps reduce the incidence of lower back injury; and
5) promotes body awareness and balance.

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