Way back I blogged about a standard exercise where you lift your hips from the floor. Want to make it harder? Try it with a small- or medium-sized Swiss ball!
Lie down on the floor. Have your arms by your side or a little away if you want to support yourself with your hands. Keep your lower back on the floor. This will engage your abdominal muscles. Put your feet flat on the ball. They should be about shoulder-width apart. Keep your knees at a 90-degree or close to a 90-degree angle. Lift your hips off the floor in a steady pace. Repeat for five sets of ten repetitions. Trying to keep the Swiss ball in place will engage your abdominals as secondary muscles while you work your gluteus maximus.
Do you want to make it more difficult? Use one foot and leg at a time to lift your hips. Your other leg can be straight or almost straight up, or have the ankle of the passive leg rest over the knee of your more active leg. Repeat for five sets of ten repetitions for each leg.
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