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Before you work out, warm up your muscles with the stretches demonstrated in these Howcast videos; they'll keep sprains and cramps at bay.
You Will Need
- Comfortable clothing
- A stability ball, also known as a Swiss or exercise ball
Sit on ball
Sit upright on the ball, placing your hands on either side for balance.
Lie back on ball
Slowly walk yourself forward and down the ball until you are lying back on top of it, your torso parallel to the floor.
Interlace your fingers and put them behind your head for support.
Drop your head and tailbone toward the floor, arching your back over the ball.
Let elbows fall to side
Allow your elbows to fall to the side.
Drop your right arm toward the floor when rolling onto the right side of your torso—this stretches the sides of your abdomen, your oblique muscles.
Let head drop
Carefully let your head drop to the floor, draping your left arm over your head.
Hold 10 seconds
Hold for 10 seconds.
Switch sides, using your hands to support your head as you roll onto the left side of your torso and repeat the stretch on your left side.
Release the stretch by rolling onto your back with your hands supporting your head. Tuck your chin, and walk back up to the starting position.