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4 Exercises You Can Do With a Balance Ball - Sears

4 Exercises You Can Do With a Balance Ball

 

If you're ready to take your stretches and exercises to a whole new level, a balance ball can provide the added support you need to target hard-to-reach muscle groups. These versatile accessories can be found in just about any gym, and they're affordable enough to keep one at home, one in the office and even one in a travel bag. Let's take a look at 4 exercises you can do with a balance ball. 

Keep in mind that these are suggestions. If you're a beginner, consult a doctor before you begin a new exercise routine. If you know your way around the gym, try switching things up and performing variations of your favorite bodyweight exercises and stretches while incorporating the balance ball.

 

Exercising with a balance ball

Stretch it Out

 


A simple variation of this classic exercise, the balance ball hamstring stretch can help you isolate your hamstrings and loosen up all the super-tight spots on the back of your legs and hips more efficiently.

 

Learn how to do the balance ball hamstrings stretch.

 


Mix Up Your Crunches

 


If you're still having trouble getting your core muscles to show definition, the Swiss ball reverse crunch might be what you've been waiting for. Make sure that the ball is properly inflated before you begin so to maintain the correct posture for optimal results.

 

Learn how to do the Swiss ball reverse crunch.

 


Bend the Back

 


Try the balance ball oblique back extension to get that hard-to-reach backside. The lower back can be especially tough to target for strength-building and definition, but this exercise can help you tend to that tight spot.

 

Learn how to do the balance ball oblique back extension.

 


Add This to the Rotation

 


Those who get bored of traditional sit-ups and planks will love the Swiss ball lying trunk rotation. The back-and-forth motion can help work your core while adding a little more variety to your routine.

 

Learn how to do the Swiss ball lying trunk rotation.