Fitness

Tip #56: Strengthen Your Core With A Stability Ball

Written by Steve

Stability balls, otherwise known as Swiss balls or balance balls, can really help strengthen the core. Having a strong core is an essential, and can help with balance and stability, making most daily tasks much easier.

Core exercises train your abs, back, pelvis and hips. Using a stability ball can help you work all these core muscles in a safe and effective way. Here are some core stability ball exercises you may want to give a try.

  1. Basic Crunch. Lay on the ball, with your back in the center. Feet should be placed on the floor. Place hands behind the head for support. Slowly lift your back up using your abs. Hold, then lower back to the ground.
  2. Ball Roll Out. Kneel on the ground, with the stability ball in front of you. Place your hands on the ball, and then roll down to touch the nose to the ball. Use your core muscles to move down. Do not let the position of the spine change.
  3. Passover. Lay on the floor with the ball between your knees. Arms should be over your head. Crunch up while bringing your knees up as well, then grab the ball with your arms, lowering your abs to the ground and bringing your arms back over your head with the ball. Repeat, moving the ball back to your knees.

A stability ball will add variety to your workouts, and are a great way to strengthen your core muscles. Everyone needs a strong core, and these exercises can help you with that.

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