When it comes to strengthening your abs and core, engagement is a big deal. you have to keep the muscles engaged in order to see results. When our stability is challenged, we tend to keep our muscles more engaged. and the stronger your core muscles the greater your stability.

One issue with old fashion crunches on the floor is that, they can be very harsh on your back, specially if you don’t keep your ab and core muscles fully engaged. Using stability ball for this exercise, is much safer for your lower back, since if you don’t pres your lower back down and don’t engage your core muscles, you will loose your stability. Basically it is having a personal trainer with you.

Muscle group worked:

Rectus Abdominis

How to do stability ball crunch correctly?

  • To start, sit on the ball and “walk” your feet out until you are lying on your back, with your thighs parallel to the floor and your knees at a right angle. Your feet should be directly under your knees. and flat on the floor.
  • Once you are in a comfortable, balanced position, put your hands behind your head. Your hands are used to support your head — not to pull it up. Your spine should remain in a neutral position, meaning it does not curl up. Engage your core muscles, and keep them engaged throughout the movement.
    • Optional: at this step you can ask your child to sit on your lap, this will add extra resistance.
  •  Keeping your core engaged and your spine neutral, bring your shoulders up toward the ceiling a few inches, then lower back to the starting position. Do as many as you can.
    • Optional: for added fun every time you come up, give a high five to your child.

Note: breathing is very important in any type of exercise. every time you come up, exhale and as you go down to starting position inhale. Inhale through nose and exhale through mouth.

Watch the video below to see how we did it:

Stay happy and healthy,

Roya

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