If you haven’t already invested in one of these – the time is now! Stability balls are great for squeezing in an at-home workout when you can’t get to the gym (in my case, a sick baby!).
Research has shown that simply doing crunches on a stability ball boosts activation of the abdominal muscles by 24 to 38 percent. Variations for core workouts include the plank, back extensions and bridges.
At work, trade your desk chair for a stability ball to engage more muscles while sitting thereby boosting strength and burning calories.
Balls range in size from 55 cm to 75 cm. To determine what’s right for you look for a ball that keeps your knees at right angles or your hips slightly more elevated than your knees. Find them at any fitness store, Winners, Walmart or Running Room.
It’s a little bit of awesome in a round ball!