Photo credits: James Michelfelder.
1. This movement will be familiar to Pilates enthusiasts. Begin on your back with hands extended over your head.
2. Lift your legs and crunch up at the same time, forming your body into the shape of a “V.” (By doing one ahead of the other you lose a lot of the effectiveness of the movement.) Exhale as you lift your legs and crunch and inhale as you return to the starting position.