Exercise balls are like jumbo-sized beach balls with a thick rubber lining. They are popular at workout studios because people must use their stomach and back muscles to retain their balance on the balls, according to the book Exercise Balls for Dummies.
Once used only by physical therapists and chiropractors, exercise balls have entered the mainstream. More than just a hot fitness trend, exercise balls add a new and fun element into an ordinary fitness routine, building strength, increasing flexibility and sculpting a great-looking body. In addition, exercise balls are affordable, portable and can be used in the privacy of one’s own home. Exercise Balls For Dummies (Wiley; May 2005; $21.99) by LaReine Chabut, a well-known fitness expert and the lead instructor for the popular The Firm fitness videos is packed with step-by-step photos and clear instructions, so readers can get on the ball and get rolling!
By using Exercise Balls For Dummies as their guide, readers will build strength, increase flexibility and tone and shape their entire body with ease!
When you sit on the fully inflated ball, your bent knees should be at a 90-degree angle when your feet are flat on the floor directly under your ankles. Exercise Balls for Dummies (Wiley, $21.99) offers these guidelines:
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