Why do so many exercises for our back involve lying down? Do we hurt ourselves lying down? No! We usually perturb our lumbar spine in what can be called unguarded forward bending. Many patients have a hard time getting to the ground if they have hip and knee arthritis. The Paloff press is a great way to strengthen our core musculature standing up. The theraband is inexpensive and the exercise is easy to master. Firm your abdominal muscles without holding your breath.