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After doing a series of regular crunches and other lying-down exercises, getting into cobra pose is a welcome change. It always makes me feel like I'm lengthening the front of my rib cage, too, which is a sweet reward.
Lie facedown on the floor with your palms near your chest.
Lift your head, shoulders, and chest off the floor, pulling your shoulder blades down and together.
Hold for 2 counts and then lower back down. Repeat 8 to 10 times.
For a more difficult exercise, try lifting your thighs and hips off the floor.