Leg lifts are a great ab exercise on their own; this variation also works your chest and shoulders.
-Start by laying on your back, with a dumbbell in each hand. You will be holding the dumbbell over you as you complete the motion, so start light, then work your way up as you build strength.
-Stretch your legs out, and lift the dumbbells straight above you. Hold the weights in place.
-Slowly lift your legs (without bending them), until they are perpendicular to the floor (as in the video below).
-Slowly return your legs to just above the floor- don’t let your heels touch the ground.
-Repeat the motion with your legs 10-12 times, more as you increase strength. Make sure that you’re not swinging your legs, as that can cause injury. Be deliberate in raising them while engaging your core.
-If you are unable to maintain the weights lifted above you as you complete the leg motion, omit the weights and place your hands down at your sides or under your bottom for added stability. But, with that, make sure your core is doing the work and you aren’t pressing your hands into the ground for leverage.
Please speak to your provider before starting any new exercise regimen.