Exercise Ball For Strengthening
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Check out these ideas that can make strengthening on a exercise ball even more fun! Also be sure to see how we like to play with baby on the exercise ball or use it for upper extremity weight bearing!
Ride A Horse
This simple move is fun yet effective. It can work well for a beginner on the exercise ball. Simply sit on the ball and gently bounce up and down like you are riding a horse. If you have a peanut ball you could even straddle the ball to perform this exercise.
Take A Hike
Start by sitting nice and tall on the ball with your feet flat on the ground. Next pick your feet up and march them up and down like you are hiking. Try to keep your core as stable as possible.
Go For A Swim
Lay on your stomach over the ball. Move your arms like you are swimming. Talk about all the things that you see while you are swimming.
Kick The Ball
Seated on the ball try to hold your body as still as possible. Rest your hands on the ball. Move your legs like you are kicking your favorite type of ball – football, soccer ball etc.
Don’t Move A Muscle
An oldie but a goodie – add a timer if you would like to increase the challenge. Have the child sit on the ball and try to see how still they can be!
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