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Balance balls aren't just for vigorous exercises. A balance ball workout can include simply stretching, especially stretching the sides and back. Try this simple, but effective stretch: Sit on the ball with your fingertips behind your head and your elbows pointing to the sides. Slowly walk your feet out until your upper back is lying on the ball. Allow your head to fall back, but support it as needed on the ball on with your hands. For more intensity, release your arms and stretch them overhead, and walk your legs out farther from the ball. Remember to breathe deeply and hold the stretch for as long as you feel comfortable.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|