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Exercise ball workouts can tone your entire body. A basic exercise ball, such as the FitBALL® exercise ball, is a great training tool that you can use at home.
Try this Ball Bridge to work your inner thighs, gluteal muscles, hamstrings, and lower back. But wait, there's more—you are also toning your core as you try to keep your balance on the ball.
Here's how to do it:
-Start with the ball under your neck and shoulders and your knees bent, feet flat on the floor.
-Keeping your arms crossed over your chest, raise your hips up as high as you can while keeping your feet flat on the floor. Your torso should not be supported by the ball.
-Hold for 3 to 5 seconds, then lower your butt towards the floor and relax.
-Repeat. Work up to 10-12 repetitions.
Make this fitness ball routine harder by placing the right ankle on top of the left knee, so that you are balancing on just one foot as you raise your hips. Repeat with the other leg.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|