How to Stretch Your Entire Abdomen with a Stability Ball

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How to Stretch Your Entire Abdomen with a Stability Ball

Stretch Your Entire Abdomen

Step 1: Sit on ball
Sit upright on the ball, placing your hands on either side for balance.

Tip
Make sure you have plenty of room when using an exercise ball. The ball can easily get away from you when you are just learning—and avoid sharp edged furniture in the near vicinity.

Step 2: Lie back on ball
Slowly walk yourself forward and down the ball until you are lying back on top of it, your torso parallel to the floor.

Step 3: Support head
Interlace your fingers and put them behind your head for support.

Step 4: Arch back
Drop your head and tailbone toward the floor, arching your back over the ball.

Step 5: Let elbows fall to side
Allow your elbows to fall to the side.

Tip
Relax your abdominal muscles, letting your belly button drop toward your spine.

Step 6: Stretch sides
Drop your right arm toward the floor when rolling onto the right side of your torso—this stretches the sides of your abdomen, your oblique muscles.

Step 7: Let head drop
Carefully let your head drop to the floor, draping your left arm over your head.

Step 8: Hold 10 seconds
Hold for 10 seconds.

Step 9: Switch sides
Switch sides, using your hands to support your head as you roll onto the left side of your torso and repeat the stretch on your left side.

Step 10: Release stretch
Release the stretch by rolling onto your back with your hands supporting your head. Tuck your chin, and walk back up to the starting position.