Aug 24,2007 00:00
The moves: Sitting on a balance ball with single-leg support.
Works on: Balance, core strength.
Steps: Sit on the ball with upright posture and the feet shoulder width apart. Lift one leg from the hip so that the foot is no longer contacting the ground. When lifting the leg, do not let the lower back slump. Hold this position for up to 30 seconds. Repeat with the opposite leg off the ground. If this initial exercise is too easy, move the foot away from the ball, or slightly bounce on the ball for more challenge.
Repetitions: Perform three repetitions of 30 seconds on each leg.
Precautions: Falling off the ball is possible for someone with poor balance. Hold on to a table or something stable while learning this activity.
Options: For extra challenge, try doing dumbbell raises or overhead presses while balancing on the ball.
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