Lying heel touches can add variety to your abdominal strengthening routine. This exercise mainly works your obliques, which are located at the sides of your waistline. Strong obliques are essential, because they help to stabilize your spine and also assist you when you flex and rotate your trunk. Additionally, well-defined obliques can give you that often-desired hourglass figure. For the best results, learn to do lying heel touches with proper form.
Lie face up on an exercise mat, bend your knees just enough so you can comfortably place your feet about hip-width apart, flat on the floor. Extend your arms alongside your body.
Contract your abdominals and slightly curl your pelvis toward your rib cage to eliminate any space between the mat and your lower back.
Raise your head, shoulder blades and arms off the floor to come into your starting position. You should already feel your abdominals engage.
Lean your upper body over to your right side. Really reach with your right hand toward your right foot. Try touching the heel of your foot and exhale for one second at the deepest point of the side crunch.
Reverse the motion, slowly moving your upper body back to the center. The entire time, keep your head and shoulder blades off the floor. Repeat the heel touch on your left side to complete one repetition.
Perform eight to 12 heel touches. Then rest and repeat one or two more sets.
If you’re new to heel touches, place your feet close toward your body to make the exercise easier. Then, as you get stronger, slowly move your feet further away from your body.