Steve Spurrier does horrible things with a bouncy exercise ball

bouncing on exercise ball with young daughter in a fitness studio

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  • A big bouncy exercise ball makes even the work of getting fit seem fun. Kids as young as 5 can reap the benefits, says New York City-based kids' fitness expert Steve Ettinger, and the balls naturally lend themselves to playful movement while improving balance, strength, and stability. You'll want to get a ball sized so that your child can sit on it with her feet on the floor and her knees and hips at 90-degree angles (shown here, Sportsmith's 45-centimeter ball; $13.95). Once she's outfitted, try some of Steve's favorite exercises.

    Jeremy Vigneault, a physical therapist at the Nayden Rehabilitation Clinic at the University of Connecticut, told me that "there is really nothing overly good nor bad per say about the exercise ball chair," noting that this type of setup doesn't offer any lumbar (lower back) support and it does take practice to maintain a good sitting posture on it. He pointed out that most chairs, of any kind, try to exploit posture and back health as their key selling points, when really the perfect chair doesn't exist—it's more about practicing "good posture."

  • While you're typing away at your workplace, would it to sit on a bouncy exercise ball instead of a typical office chair? I spoke with Mary Ann Wilmarth, DPT, Chief of Physical Therapy at Harvard University Health Services in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for expert advice.

    This high impact exercise requires good spinal stability withstand the forces from the bouncing exercise ball. Start with very small movements so you get a handle on how the ball responds to your weight.







    This high impact exercise requires good spinal stability withstand the forces from the bouncing exercise ball. Start with very small movements so you get a handle on how the ball responds to your weight.

    Try 3 sets of 3 repetitions with the exercise ball.

    Try 3 sets of 8 repetitions with the exercise ball.

    Try 3 sets of 10 repetitions with the exercise ball.


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  • Looking across Jamie Persinger’s fourth-grade class at Overbrook Elementary School during one of the final instructional days of the school year, 25 students are working to solve their math problems, while sitting on colorful, bouncy exercise balls. Almost all of them are bouncing.

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At the end of the last school year, Yehl took to the Internet seeking creative ways to help her restless pupils sit still. She stumbled on a story about exercise balls and improved concentration, and opted to replace the kids' metal and plastic chairs with bouncy balls about 21 inches high, in colors the kids selected for themselves.