Fit Friday: Stability Ball Plank Circles

It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday 😀

And here I am with another Fit Friday move from the stability ball series. Sorry I just can’t help myself, the ball has so many possibilities!

Speaking of stability…

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Have you ever heard of a core balance cushion? Superstore (Loblaws) has a new line of yoga and gym gear called Jogi. They have everything from kettle bells to athletic gloves to yoga mats. This cushion is partially inflated and most comfortably used when sitting upright, with good posture. If you try to slouch you kind of fall off the side. It can be used anywhere but is recommended for yoga and Pilates to add a balance challenge.

A co-worker showed me this yoga “seat” last week and said she uses it to encourage active sitting at her desk. She’s had two hip transplants and gets really stiff after sitting for a while. Using the ball apparently really helps!

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Of course I had to try one out…

I’ve been a fan of my homemade stand up desk for a couple of months now but I can’t stand all day long. Now when I sit, at least it’s active sitting 🙂

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Fit Friday: Stability Ball Plank Circles

AKA: Swiss, Balance, or Exercise Ball (Plank) Circles
Weight/Equipment: Stability Ball
Reps: 3 sets of 10-12 reps

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Method: Start in a low plank position, with your forearms on the ball, elbows directly under shoulders. Keep your back flat, hips down, & core engaged.

Begin to make a circle with your forearms, moving them to the right, out in front of you, to the left, then back to start. That’s one rep.

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Keep your entire core engaged, and your knees locked to help your balance. Try making 10-12 circles clockwise, then repeat counter-clockwise. Perform at least 3 sets in sequence or as part of a circuit.

This is honestly one of the best core exercises you probably aren’t doing.

For more from the stability ball series check out these moves or head straight to the Fitness page:

Have a fit & healthy weekend 😉

Liz xo

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14 thoughts on “Fit Friday: Stability Ball Plank Circles

  1. Love the core cushion!! I just got a stand up desk at home which is great but some days after a long run I can’t keep standing all day!!
    And, I can’t wait to try the stability ball plank circles.

    • That’s exactly how I feel. Standing up is great, but all day is a bit much… I at least like to sit and eat haha. Hope you love the plank circles as much as me 😉

  2. Good for you on staying healthy and active! I have a stability ball… but it’s back home… sadly I don’t think there’s room for it in my dorm! Haha, seems like a great workout though! Anyways, I hope that you have a great week!!

  3. I recently saw the “Jogi” line at Superstore but didn’t see the Core Balance Cushion…I think I’m going to have to give it a try. I’m actually in physio for my back and sitting KILLS me! I have stand up desk at home and an office one too that we share – love it!

    PS – I just found your blog via Molly!

    • I love the seat! I bet it would help a lot if sitting makes you stiff 🙂

      I’m surprised to have met so many Atlantic Canadian bloggers since I started writing! I just added you to my bookmarks so I can keep up with what I’m missing in Halifax 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

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