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Exercise balls strengthen the core muscles in the body and improve balance. This way, exercise ball workouts can help relieve back pain when done mindfully and carefully. Many people have an imbalance between the strength in the lower back muscles and the abdominal muscles that leads to back pain.
One exercise to try: stand with the exercise ball between your low back and the wall. Slowly walk your feet away from the wall and bend your knees to a 45-degree to 90-degree angle, depending on your fitness level, and hold the position for 45 seconds. Gradually straighten the knees and return to the starting position.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|