How to Stretch Your Entire Abdomen with a Stability Ball

How to Stretch Your Entire Abdomen with a Stability Ball


How to Stretch Your Entire Abdomen with a
Stability Ball. When an Italian inventor started producing
large toy balls made of vinyl in 1963, great abs may have not been on his mind. But once you’ve tried this effective and gentle
tool, they’ll be on yours. You will need Comfortable clothing and a stability
ball, also known as a swiss or exercise ball. Step 1. Sit upright on the ball, placing your hands
on either side for balance. Make sure you have plenty of room when using
an exercise ball. The ball can easily get away from you when
you are just learning—and avoid sharp edged furniture in the near vicinity. Step 2. Slowly walk yourself forward and down the
ball until you are lying back on top of it, your torso parallel to the floor. Step 3. Interlace your fingers and put them behind
your head for support. Step 4. Drop your head and tailbone toward the floor,
arching your back over the ball. Step 5. Allow your elbows to fall to the side. Relax your abdominal muscles, letting your
belly button drop toward your spine. Step 6. Drop your right arm toward the floor when
rolling onto the right side of your torso—this stretches the sides of your abdomen, your
oblique muscles. Step 7. Carefully let your head drop to the floor,
draping your left arm over your head. Step 8. Hold for 10 seconds. Step 9. Switch sides, using your hands to support
your head as you roll onto the left side of your torso and repeat the stretch on your
left side. Step 10. Release the stretch by rolling onto your back
with your hands supporting your head. Tuck your chin, and walk back up to the starting
position. Did you know Dr. Susan Klein-Vogelbach, a
Swiss physical therapist, first began using stability balls in the early 1960’s, helping
the nickname “Swiss ball” catch on.

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