November 21, 2019

Ball Balance for a Strong Core

Fit Body:

Ball Balance for a Strong Core

Sit on a stability ball with both feet together. (Be sure your ball is the proper size. When sitting your hips should be level with or 1-2 inches above your knees.) Once this skill is mastered safely, add a balance challenge to strengthen your core. To perform the exercise, lift your right foot up off the floor. If you’re stable, extend your right knee. Keep your torso upright and straight, and pull your belly button into your spine. Hold for 10 seconds, and then return your right foot to the floor. Next, lift your left foot up off the floor, extend your left knee. Hold for 10 seconds.

 

*Consult your physician before performing exercise.

Strengthen your Abs: Crunch…Plus!

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Crunch-hold with both legs up!

 

To target your core try this crunch exercise:

Lie on your back on the floor. Lift both legs up, with your knees over your hips and your lower legs parallel to the floor. Next, lift your shoulder blades up off the floor to establish your starting position. For more of a challenge, extend both arms straight off the floor along the side of your body. Hold this position for 2 deep breaths or 10 seconds, then release. Do 3-5 reps.

 

*Consult your physician before performing exercise. This exercise is not for those with back injury concerns.