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Simple Stability Ball and Resistance Band Stretches

Two of the most versatile pieces of exercise equipment you'll ever need is a stability ball and resistance bands... not to mention they're inexpensive! Fitness expert Assata McKenzie shows us simple ball and band exercises that will focus on stretching your muscles.

1. Upper Body Stretch

1. Fold the band in half.

2. In each hand use your thumb and forefinger to hold the tubing.

3. Inhale and lengthen your body as you reach over your head. Make sure arms are straight.

4. Drop your shoulders, bend your knees and lean to your left side slowly. As you lean, make sure to exhale.

5. Repeat for the right side.

2. Upper Back Stretch

1. Hug the ball.

2. Curl your back forward as you're hugging the stability ball.

3. Spread legs shoulder width apart and bend your knees until you are resting the ball on your thighs and knees.

3. Hip and Hamstring Stretch

1. Sit on the floor.

2. Rest one foot on top of the ball and the other leg bent on the floor to stabilize the ball.

3. Hold the band in both hands in front of you.

4. Now lift the foot from the floor and wrap the band around the arch of the foot.

5. Lie back on the floor and straighten leg.

6. Once you're in a comfortable position, hold band in opposite hand from straightened leg and encourage the straight leg to fold across your body.

7. Use free arm to press against the floor and to stabilize yourself.

8. Rest your shoulders and back while completing this stretch.

9. Hold for 15-30 seconds and repeat for other leg.

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