Updated: Jun 24, 2019
STABILIZE with your Stability Ball
Stability balls (also known as medicine balls) are a great addition to your workouts, & even better if you're working out from home as an easy way get those extra exercises (or add variety) to your routine.
What does a stability ball do?
1. Expands your Range of Motion (crunches) 2. Improves Balance 3. Aids to certain exercises (wall squats) 4. Improves Core Strength & posture
Here are a few of my favorite exercises you can do with a stability ball:
WALL SQUAT WITH STABILITY BALL:
Stand with the stability ball propped between your lower spine and a wall, pressing slightly into the ball. With hands at your sides or on hips, check that your feet are hip-width apart and slightly in front of you. Bending at your and hips, slowly move into a sitting position with your knees over your ankles. Keep the ball in contact with your back as you move .Return to standing position, keeping the ball in contact with your back as you move. Give 3 sets of 8-15 reps a try
Lie on your back with the exercise ball under your heels and your palms flat on the floor. Lift hips slightly and bend your knees to draw the ball toward your buttocks, without moving your hips.
Give 3 sets of 8-15 reps a try
STIR THE POT:
Rest your elbows and forearms on the ball and get into an appropriate planking position (your arms should be bent at a 90 degree angle and your body should form a straight line, from your head to your ankles). Keep your abs tight and engage your glutes. Move your upper body forward (your arms that are braced on the ball) in small clockwise circles. MOVE SLOWLY. Complete clockwise circles then reverse the motion and make small circular circles counter-clockwise 3 sets of 4-12 reps/direction