My name is Beth Hoover, and today I'm going to show you how to perform ankle strengthening exercises with a balance ball. Making sure that your ankle joint is strong and stable is very important for every type of activity you're involved in, as well as simply activities of daily living. So, the exercises I'm going to show you today are going to help increase the stability and the mobility of the ankle. Today, I'm going to show you two exercises with progressions. The first exercise is going to be standing on the balance ball. So, taking one foot, you're going to step up and bring the other foot onto the ball. So, your feet need to be about hip width apart so that you can balance. Now, you can also be standing next to a wall if you need more support and stability. Keeping your abdominals tight, you're just going to make sure that you're able to balance first. Okay. The stabilizing muscles of the ankles are working quite a bit here. So, as a progression, you can move one foot just slightly inward and then come up onto the toe of the opposite foot. So, this is making that leg work harder and the ankle work a lot harder to stabilize. And as that continue progression, you can actually come up to a one leg balance. So, as you can see this one is much more challenging and the stabilizing muscles are really waking up. For the next exercise, you're actually going to start off the balance ball and we're going to go ahead and take a step onto the ball. So, stepping onto the ball will actually allow you to stabilize or challenge your balance as you try to step on. And as progression you can move into a lunge. Performing these exercises several times throughout the week will help you to increase that strength and stability of the ankle joint. Challenging yourself using an unstable surface is the best way to prevent injury.