Stability ball crunch
- Lie with your lower back on top of a stability ball and your feet flat on the floor. Place your hands behind your head, your fingertips behind your ears, and your elbows out to the side.
- Lean back over the ball until you feel a stretch in your abdominals.
- Lift your chest, head, and back until you feel a strong contraction in your abdominals. Repeat for the suggested number of reps.
What it does: Strengthens the front and lower abdominals. Form tip: Don’t extend so far that you fall off the back of the ball. If the exercise is too difficult, place your hands across your chest instead. You can also get full-body, mix-and-match workouts to help you burn fat, tone muscle, and reboot your body in my new book, 60 Second Sweat.
Stability ball rollout
- Kneeling in front of a stability ball, extend your arms and place your hands on the front of the ball near the top.
- Keeping your back flat, tighten your abdominals and rear end and slowly roll the ball forward, allowing your forearms to go on the top of the ball. Roll out until a straight line is formed between the hips and the shoulders.
- Pause for a full second in this position. Roll the ball back in and repeat for the suggested number of reps.
What it does: Strengthens the entire core. (Try these plank exercises for an even stronger core.) Form tip: Do not allow your hips to sag. If you feel discomfort in your lower back, do not roll out as far.
Stability ball saw
- Assume a plank position with your elbows and forearms on an exercise ball and your feet on the floor about hip width apart.
- Keeping your back flat and your abdominals tight, slowly “saw” your elbows out just a few inches, not allowing your hips or lower back to sag.
- Saw the elbows back in to the starting position and repeat, sawing in and out, for the suggested number of reps.
What it does: Strengthens the entire core. Form tip: Do not saw too far out; stop as soon as you feel any discomfort in your lower back.
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Reprinted with permission by Reader’s Digest
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