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Works: abs, lower back, gluts, shoulders, triceps.

Total time: 5 minutes

Make it harder: After you raise each leg, cross it over the other leg then return to start. Keeping your balance becomes that much difficult, working and toning muscles even harder. Speed is not important. Posture is, so make sure to work your way into the exercise slowly to reap the most benefits.

 3.      Power Crunches

What to do: Sit on the exercise ball, feet flat on the floor. Lower your body towards the floor, so that your back creates a 45 degree angle with the floor (as shown). Bring your arms behind your neck. While keeping your balance, extend your back over the ball as much as you can, then raise yourself as much as you can while still being connected to the ball. This is one rep. Repeat 30 times for a set. Rest for 30 seconds then repeat for another 2 sets.

Works: abs, lower back.

Total time: 5 minutes

Make it harder: Raise your right leg for 15 crunches then lower it and raise your left leg for the next 15. Speed is not important. Posture is, so make sure to work your way into the exercise slowly to keep your balance and reap the most benefits out of the workout.

4.     Balance Plank Leg Lift

What to do: Lay your stoach on the exercise ball. Move forward so that your hands touch the floor at a 90 degree angle and your feet are almost parallel to the floor (as shown). Make sure you are balanced. While keeping your balance and your hands straight (difficult, I know), slowly lower the right leg and then raise it about 10 inches off the ball. Bring it back and repeat with the left leg. This is one rep. Repeat 15 times for a set. Rest for 30 seconds then repeat another set.

Works: abs, back, gluts, shoulders, triceps.

Total time: 5 minutes

Make it harder: Instead of lifting the legs try crisscrossing. Lower the right leg and slowly brink it under the left. Return to start and lower the left leg under the right leg for one rep.

Did you try this workout? Was it hard, fun or tricky? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave your comments below.