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Have a ball during your next workout!

posted Nov 11, 2011, 9:51 PM by Mike Chen   [ updated Apr 21, 2012, 10:43 AM ]
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Want firmer abs and a stronger back? Start incorporating stability balls into your regular workout routine.

Balls come in various sizes, but as a general rule, your knees should form a 90 degree angle if you’re sitting on a ball and your feet are flat on the ground.

Choose the ball that best suits your height for optimal results:

Here are three moves you’re probably familiar with already, but are extra challenging – and extra beneficial – when performed on a stability ball:

  • Abdominal crunch: Sit on the ball with feet on floor. Cross your arms across chest and keep back straight while you tighten your abdominal muscles. Lean back until you can feel the movement in your abs, and hold. Return to start and repeat.
  • Plank: Modify your usual plank with a stability ball. Lie down on your stomach on the ball with feet still on floor. Lean forward and touch the floor with your hands, then walk hands away from the ball until the ball is under your thighs. You’ll be balanced on your hands and the ball, with your shoulders directly above your hands. Hold as long as you can. Return to start and repeat, building up the time you can balance.
  • Push-up: Work in some arm-toning while you’re engaging your abs! Start with your chest on the ball with hands at the sides of your chest. Place toes on the floor, with legs straight. Push yourself up until your arms are almost straight. Hold and balance, then slowly return to start and repeat.

If exercising with a ball seems like too big a step, work your way up by swapping out your office chair for an appropriately sized stability ball. Just sitting on a ball keeps your abs engaged while you work! Just remember, as with any office chair – no slouching!

Check out NUTRILITE® Logo Stability Balls and more great fitness equipment to keep you moving and fit! 

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