If you’re tired of solely doing crunches in an effort to firm your tummy, maybe it’s time to spice up your routine. Stability ball exercises can bring back child-like excitement and firm your tummy at the same time. The stability ball pass, for instance, can effectively work your rectus abdominis at the front of your waist. During the exercise you move both your upper and lower body, so even that often hard-to-tone lower belly gets a good workout. For the best results, learn how to do this abdominal exercise with perfect form.
Sit on an exercise mat and hold a stability ball in your hands.
Roll your back and head onto the mat one vertebra at a time, and extend your arms straight back so the stability ball is now above your head.
Lift your feet off the floor, bend your knees and position them hip-width apart directly above your hips. Keep your lower legs parallel to the floor.
Eliminate the space between your lower back and the mat, and pull your navel to your spine. This is your starting point.
Crunch your upper body off the floor, raising your head and shoulder blades. At the same time, move the ball forward and place it in between your knees and lower legs.
Roll your upper body back onto the mat one vertebra at a time. Extend your arms overhead, and simultaneously, straighten your legs as much as you can and lower them to about 4 inches above the floor.
Crunch your upper body up again and bend your knees, bringing the stability ball closer to your upper body. Reach your arms forward and grasp the ball with your hands.
Roll your body slowly back to the starting point, positioning the ball overhead again and extending your legs to 4 inches above the floor.
Repeat the stability ball pass eight to 12 times. As you get stronger, add one or two more sets.
Breathe out as your come up and bring your rib cage and pelvis together, en breathe in as you lower your body to the floor.
To make the exercise easier, avoid moving your legs and just keep your knees above your hips the entire time while your upper body moves.
For a greater challenge, keep your legs straight the entire time so your body forms a V-shape during the upward motion.