Thursday, April 18, 2013

Day 292- Side Lying Leg Lifts with Squishy Ball Under Hip

This exercise adds a proprioceptive challenge to the side lying leg lifts.

To do this exercise you will need a mat and a soft ball.  Start by lying on your side with your bottom hip on top of the soft ball and your legs lengthened long beneath you.  Inhale into the back of your ribs and then exhale as you reach through the top leg and allow it to lift into the air.  Inhale to release the top leg and then repeat the leg lift 8-10 times.

Things to think about
The wobbles will be here.  The soft ball requires extra stabilization throughout the entire spine as you lift the leg.  It is helpful to place a hand on the floor for support, and as always it is important to maintain the longest possible spine.

It might also help to prop yourself up on your elbow for this exercise.

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