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When you first get started using an exercise ball, it may seem a bit intimidating. Make sure you are using a ball that is the right size for you. Now sit on it, like a chair. (Many people use an Exercise Ball Chair as their desk chair.) Just make sure you sit right in the middle so the ball doesn't roll away with you on it. Have someone position it for you the first time. When you're settled on the ball, lift one foot, put it down, and lift the other. Hold your foot up longer next time. Now walk sideways and let the ball circle around. Do you feel the muscles of your lower torso contracting? That's developing core stability.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|