- Lie on your side on an exercise mat.
- Fully extend your legs with one resting on top of the other.
- Fully extend the top arm down the side of your body.
- Bend the arm at floor level to 90 degrees. Your upper arm should be parallel to your body, while your forearm is at 90 degrees. This is the start position.
- Lift your body off the ground and balance on your forearm and the side of your foot, while keeping your body in a straight line.
- Contract your abdominal muscles and relax your shoulders.
- Continue breathing throughout the whole exercise.
- Hold this position for as long as you can.
- Relax and change sides.
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