The Heart Strength Plan: Saturday

A return to the muscles exercised on Wednesday, but with interesting variations.

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Stability Ball Leg Curls
Lie on your back on the floor, extend your legs, and place your heels on top of the stability ball. Rest your arms on the floor by your sides, palms down.

Press your heels into the ball and lift your buttocks a few inches off the floor.

Bend your knees, using your heels to pull the ball toward your buttocks so your feet end up flat on the ball. Pause, then return to the starting position.

Lie on your left side with your knees bent. Bend your left arm so your forearm is extended in front of you perpendicular to your body, then lift your torso off the floor. Your upper body should form a straight line from your hips to your shoulders.

Place your right hand on your hip and hold for 5 to 15 seconds. Return to the starting position, then repeat on other side. Work up to holding on each side for 30 to 60 seconds. Perform just one rep per set.

Sunday: Rest Day!

Kick back and give yourself a pat on the back.

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