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Fresh Start to Fitness: Beach Body Exercises with a Beach Ball

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Fresh Start to Fitness: Beach Body Exercises with a Beach Ball (File photo: MGN Online)

(KUTV) Beach season is upon us, which means it's time to start focusing on toning up your physique.

Jeffrey Beck, exercise specialist with the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, suggests that you get your body beach ready by using a beach ball with the following workout routine a three times per week:

1) Knee Repeaters: Hold a beach ball with both hands straight out in front of you, feet positioned shoulder width apart and hinge forward at the hips. Bring your left knee forward and pull it up to your chest while simultaneously bringing the beach ball down to your left hip on the outside of your leg. Also, remember to keep your core tight during this exercise! Return to starting position and complete 10 reps. Then repeat on the other side. Complete 3 sets of 10 reps per side.

2) Single Leg Deadlifts: Place a beach ball on the ground in front of your right foot. Keeping your knees slightly bent, reach down and place your right hand on the ball. Slowly push the ball forward while keeping it under control with your hand and allow your left foot to come up off the ground. Feel the stretch in your right hamstring as you balance yourself on your right leg. Return to starting position and do 10 reps. Repeat on the other side. Complete 3 sets of 10 reps per side.

3) Side Leg Raises: Lie on your left side, propping yourself up with your left elbow and place a beach ball between your feet. Slowly lift both of your legs up toward the sky being mindful of keeping them straight and engaging your core muscles. Return to starting position and do 10 reps. Repeat on the other side. Complete 3 sets of 10 reps per side.

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