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…
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!
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 🙂
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
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.
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:
- Stability Ball Jack Knife
- Stability Ball Mountain Climbers
- Coming soon: Stability Ball Hamstring Curls
Have a fit & healthy weekend 😉