Regardless whether physical fitness is a top priority in your life, most know that the strength of the body comes from the core. Our balance, stability and power starts in the middle, and works itself out from there.

Think about it: any exercise you perform requires a solid base for performance, which equates to a strong core.

Our move today is a seated torso twist, and all you need is a flat surface on which to comfortably sit. This exercise is perfect for all fitness levels and can be executed on its own or with small hand weights.

To begin, simply have a seat on the floor. You can cross your legs or press the soles of your feet together in a butterfly position. Lift your chest tall, roll the shoulders back and down and, of course, engage the abdominals.

From this point, extend the arms out in front of you with the elbows bent, like you are hugging a barrel, and itís time to twist.

Simply proceed to twist all the way to one side, creating the fullest amount of tension in the midsection. Once you reach your deepest twist on that side, immediately twist to the opposing side. Continue this back and forth torso move for either a determined amount of time or counts.

Give yourself at least three sets. This exercise is also good for a back stretch. Keep each rotation smooth and precise, not jerky. If you choose to use hand weights, keep them light and the move the same.

This move is good on its own or even better if added into a core routine. It can double as a good morning stretch as well.

This move is for all fitness levels and can be easily modified if you canít get down on the floor.

ó Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Goldís Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA, can be reached at faluvzpa@msn.