Using an exercise ball (often referred to as a stability ball or Bosu ball) amps up abdominal exercises by requiring your body to maintain balance while completing the movement. Even traditional crunches become that much more challenging just by adding the ball. Today’s exercise is a classic crunch:
- Start by sitting on the ball, and walk your feet out so that the ball ends up in the small of your back.
- Make sure that you are allowing your full weight to rest on the ball, so that your weight helps stabilize the ball.
- Place your hands either behind your head, or across your chest.
- To complete the crunch correctly, only do a slight movement up, not up to a full sitting position.
- Squeeze your abdominal muscles and hold the position for a few seconds
- Roll back to the starting point where the ball is located in the small of your back
- Repeat 8-10 times for a full set, complete several sets.
Please speak to your provider before starting any new exercise regimen.
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