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Workout of the Week: V-Ups

This week’s workout is V-Ups. V-Ups are a great a variation on traditional sit-ups because they reduce the stress on your back and target more muscle groups in your upper and lower abdomen. Here’s how to do them:

  •  First, lie on your back with your legs straight. Hold your arms straight above your head, and point your fingers to the wall behind you.
  • Next, tighten your abs and fold your body up by lifting your legs off the floor and stretching your arms towards your toes. This is the V position—hold it for 1-2 seconds.
  • Finally, keeping your back straight, lower your body and return to the starting position with your legs on the floor and arms stretched above your head. Try doing 2-3 sets of about 20-30 V-Ups.


  • For added difficulty, try holding the V-position longer in between each repetition. Also, try adding 5-10 V-Ups to your sets each day this week!

We hope you’ll try V-Ups over the weekend and then build this exercise into your daily routine Monday through Friday of the coming week.

Want more fitness ideas?  If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the Wellness Coaching program, reach out to your Wellness Coach for more healthy ideas to get—and stay—fit. And remember, talk to your doctor before beginning any new fitness regimen.