Stability Ball Workouts

Stability ball exercises are low-impact workout routines that you can do with just one piece of equipment: an inflatable stability ball. Ball exercises are great for improving flexibility, as well as for strengthening core muscles. Here are some basic exercises you can do with your fitness ball.

Ball Crunches: Ball crunches help strengthen and tone your abdominal muscles, and they are easier on your back since you do not lie on a hard surface. Sit on the stability ball so that it makes contact with the small of your back. Place your feet flat on the floor, and put your hands behind your head. Now slowly lean backward and forward while maintaining balance on the ball. Congratulations, you've just completed ball crunches.

Butt Lift: You can use the fitness ball to tone your butt. To do the butt lift exercise on your ball, lie on your back with your feet propped up on the ball. Lift your butt off the floor, and use your feet to roll the ball to and fro. Do several repetitions while keeping your butt lifted off the floor. This helps strengthen the lower back as well.

Abdominal Balance: To do balancing exercises with the stability ball, lie on the ball so that you face the floor. The ball should be under your stomach and your palms should be on the floor in front of you. Practice lifting your legs and your arms, one or two at a time, while keeping your balance. This use of the fitness ball strengthens your core and back.

Balance Push-Ups: Balance ball push-ups are like regular push-ups, except you place your hands on the ball in front of you, rather than on the floor. The difficulty lies in trying to keep your balance on ball as you prop yourself up; the ball has tendency to roll!. This is a good exercise for building upper body strength.

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