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As we age, we tend to lose key muscle tone in our core, that set of deep muscles running along our abdomen, back, and pelvic floor that hold us erect and in good posture.  It’s important to work this set of muscles to develop balance and a toned attractive look.

[Link Removed] work these area.  

Still there are simple stability moves that you can do at home using either no equipment or the popular “swiss ball.”

First, a "plank[Link Removed]  Start face down on a mat or carpeted surfaced, feet about shoulder width apart, hands just in front of your head and parellel.  Lift your body up to form a straight line from your heels up through your glutes, back, shoulders, neck and head.  Your elbows are straight below your shoulders, and your toes are bent.  Press into your elbows and toes to maintain this position for 20 seconds.

Next, return to the same plank position but this time we are going to add movement.  As you stabilize, drop one knee down and touch it lightly to the ground, then bring it back to straight.  Hold your core stable throughout the movement.  Do 10 knee touches on one side, rest for 15 seconds then do the other side.

If you want some more information, there are some wonderful "[Link Removed] videos to be found on YouTube.

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      Yana Berlin wrote Jun 1, 2008
    • I took Pilates Allegro class this morning, I did take pilates about 10 years ago, and enjoyed it, but it gotten to expensive and I stopped.  Now at my gym they offer classes at 15$  semi private, it was absolutely great, I’m so sore I have no clue what I’m going to do tomorrow.

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      Debra Roby wrote Jun 7, 2008
    • My gym offers a group exercise yoga class, but no pilates.  I keep saying I’ll make it to yoga, but haven’t done so yet.  Maybe tomorrow?

      The first time I did stability moves at the gym, I was sore for 2 days.  It shocked me to see how out of shape I was.  I thought walking up and down hills for 3-5 a day would left me stronger.  

      Now I’m doing advanced moves of the ones I’m writing about, and still feeling sore the next day.

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