Eighty percent of the working population sits during their day. The exercise below helps to elongate the spine by opening up those cramped vertebrate. The twisting motion also exercises your oblique ab muscles. By balancing your feet on the ball you are also working the deep muscles called the transverse abdominis. These hidden muscles control your spine, aid in posture, help to control body functions and assist in balance.
- Lay on your back on a mat. Roll a stability ball under your thigh. The hands are placed with the palms up next to the body.
- With bent legs, try turning the ball slowly to the left and right, without the lower back or tailbone losing contact with the mat or floor.
- After 8-10 repetitions go back to the starting position. Take a short rest, then repeat the exercise sequence once or twice (source).
FIT TIP: If this exercise is not advanced enough for you then try placing a medicine ball between your knees for added resistance.