It is spring break everywhere. Some of us may be experiencing difficulties shedding our winter coats, literally and figuratively. No matter the weather or circumstance, abdominal work should be on your to-do list every season. And today’s move cannot be any easier for all levels.

Our move today is a standing oblique crunch. This exercise will be working your core, more specifically the sides of your midsection. All you need for this movement is maybe a wall or chair back for balance.

Begin by standing tall and engaging your midsection. Placing your hands gently behind your ears and lift your chest. Shift your weight to one foot and prepare to pull the opposite knee up to your side. As you begin to lift your leg, focus on tightening the side of your torso as you direct your leg upward with your knee, creating a crunch movement on one side of your torso.

Without compromising your balance, shoot for your deepest contraction, then return to your starting position. Continuing this standing oblique crunch for at least eight to 10 times on one side. Shift your weight and proceed on the opposite side. Give yourself at least two or three sets per side.

If your balance is compromised, place your hand that is on your stabilizing side either on a wall or a chair back, keeping your moving side free.

This abdominal exercise is good on its own or added into any core workout.

-- Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Gold’s Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA, can be reached at faluvzpa@msn.com