Stability ball workout
That inflated exercise ball you bought a few years back can be used for more than just sit-ups and extra seating. In fact, exercises done on a stability ball can be more beneficial than similar variations incorporating machines. According to fitness trainer Marie Bodine, ball exercises allow for more than one muscle group to be worked at once. "They force you to focus on balance and stability as well as strengthening," she says. "When you're hooked into a machine you don't get to use your balance. This means you'll get strong in certain muscle groups, but your stabilizing muscles will remain weak. One benefit of stabilizing exercises is that they help you to avoid trips, falls and slips by increasing your reaction time."
Pump up your workout routine by following these step-by-step instructions for five of Marie's most effective ball exercises.