Remember when having a Pilates ball was all the rage? For many, this piece of exercise equipment ended up being left lying around the house unused. For the month of December, however, the Weekly Stretch will be putting your Pilates ball back to work! Don’t have one? You can easily purchase one at any of our Athletico clinics!
You will need at least a size 55 cm ball for all of December’s stretches. The first week’s stretch is called Child’s Pose with a Pilates ball. This stretch will work the sides of the body and include the Latissimus Dorsi, triceps and Teres major/minor muscles.
If you have a history of knee, hip, back or shoulder injuries, this week’s stretch may not be the right exercise for you. As with beginning any exercise program, contact your physician, physical or occupational therapist to review what is most appropriate for you.
How to perform:
*If knees are uncomfortable bending this far, place a folded blanket right behind the knees for support as shown in the middle photo.
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