The side of your exercise ball does matter. A simple way to measure the ball for proper fit is to sit on top of the ball with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. nike running trainers When your knees and hips are bent to 90-degree angles, you have the right-sized ball. If the angles of your hips and knees are less than 90 degrees, you need a smaller ball. If the angles at your hips and knees are more than 90 degrees, select a larger ball.

Ball Strength

The side lunge is a lower-body strengthening exercise. Begin with your feet close together, and step to the side with your right foot. Your left knee remains straight while your right knee bends as you lower into the lunge. Hold the ball between your hands over your head or out at chest height for a change in resistance. Alternatively, cheap nike roshe run hold the ball over your left shoulder and swing it down across your body toward your right knee as you step out into the lunge. This wood chop movement targets your core.

Ball Support

A Swiss ball provides a unique base for support during your side lunge stretching exercise. The ball remains on the floor in front of you. Straighten your arms and place your hands on the ball. As you step out with your right foot and lunge to the side, the ball moves easily to accommodate you. The side lunge stretch increases the flexibility in your leg adductors, which are also referred to as your inner thighs.

Muscles Worked

The side lunge targets your leg muscles. nike cortez uk Your inner thighs are stretched and strengthened as you perform lunge repetitions. Your quadriceps contract to support your body weight on one leg as you straighten your knee to come out of the lunge position. Your calves contract to stabilize your leg movements, and your glutes engage as you push off the floor with your foot and return to a standing position.