Mar 28 | MOVE BEYOND

How To Strengthen Your Core With The Stability Ball

Your core is the epicenter of your body—it supports both your upper and lower body. One of the best ways to strengthen your core (and improve your balance, as well) is by incorporating a stability ball into your workouts. The stability ball utilizes and improves your neurologically-induced muscular responses, your body’s natural process of balance, and overall mind-body connection.

Below are 3 stability ball exercises for a complete core workout.


Jackknife

1. Start in plank position, shins on the stability ball, hands under your shoulders while engaging your core.

2. Keeping your core engaged, pull your knees in until your feet are under the ball. 

3. Keep your core engaged while you stretch your legs back out to starting position.

4. Repeat 10 times, for 2-3 sets.


Ab Crunch

1. Begin with the ball under the lower part of your back, feet hip width apart, hands behind your head.

2. Engage your core and lift your shoulders off of the ball, crunching your body upward. 

3. Lower your shoulders back down to start position.

4. Repeat 10 times, for 2-3 sets.


Bridge

1. Lie on your back, feet flat on the ball, engaging your core.

2. Thrust your hips upward, keeping your core engaged to protect and strengthen your back.

3. Slowly lower back down to start position.

4. Repeat 5 times, for 2-3 sets.


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