Friday Flexibility: Stability Ball Stretches

Grab that stability ball and *try these stretches to elongate muscles and loosen you up for your Friday!

Stability Ball Stretches 3

Stability Ball Back Extension

Targets front of the body.

  • Stand with feet wider than shoulders.
  • With the stability ball behind you, press your hands together into the ball.
  • Open your chest as you inhale and retract your shoulder blades.
  • Exhale and hold for 5 more slow breaths.
  • Note:  if you don’t have the shoulder flexibility to hold on to the ball behind you, just do the same exercise without the ball.

Stability Ball Back Extension & Forward Fold

Stability Ball Forward Fold

Targets back of the body.

  • Stand with your feet hip width or closer.
  • Press your hands into the ball.
  • Inhale, and pull your abs in tight.
  • Exhale as you roll forward over the ball.
  • Hold for 5 slow breaths.

Stability Ball Side Stretch

Stability Ball Side Stretch

Targets side of the body.

  • Stand in a stable stance with feet wider than shoulder width.
  • Press your right arm into the ball as you inhale.
  • Reach your left arm up towards the sky.
  • Exhale and slowly bend sideways.
  • Keep your weight even on both legs, abs in, and chest open.
  • Hold for 5 breaths and switch sides.

Stability Ball Back Extension

Stability Ball Back Extension

Targets front of the body.

  • Lie supine over the stability ball with your feet wider than your shoulders.
  • Only if you feel stable, straighten your legs and reach your arms overhead.
  • Hold for 5 breaths.

Consult your physician before starting any new exercise program.

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