How to Sit on a Yoga Ball

Sit on a yoga ball to improve your core strength and stability.
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If the lower back pain you're experiencing is making you feel older than you really are, reassess your lifestyle. Being desk-bound and confined to an uncomfortable chair on a daily basis might be triggering the pain. To get some relief, sit on a yoga ball or stability ball. It allows you to move more freely, it activates your core and lower body stabilizer muscles, and it forces you to maintain good posture because there are no back or arm rests. Before you know it, your back pain will be gone and your tummy will be tighter.

Step 1

Position your buttocks on the middle of a yoga ball and evenly divide your weight on your hips.

Step 2

Put your feet on the floor and spread them slightly wider than hip-width apart to help you maintain your balance. Your knees should be bent at a 90-degree angle and even to hip level or slightly below hip level.

Step 3

Push your shoulders back and down, slightly push your chest out and pull your tummy in to support your lower back and stabilize your torso. Avoid rounding your back -- maintain the natural curve of your spine.

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