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A new way to exercise

by Medindia Content Team on  September 9, 2002 at 5:25 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
A new way to exercise
Recently researchers at the Mayo Clinic are observing new techniques to exercise, one of them being, fitness balls (also known as Swiss or therapy balls) which may look more like a children's toy, but they're a powerful new fitness tool. They suggest to use a slightly deflated ball of 55 to 65 centimetres diameter.
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The balls work by constantly changing your body's stability base - so you have to work your muscles to keep your balance. A workout using the ball will challenge your trunk muscles - that is, the muscles of the abdomen, chest and back. Strengthening this area makes your whole body look more toned, as well as preventing back problems. You can use the ball to do abdominal curls, push ups and lots of other exercises. But if you haven't used one before, it's wise to get advice from a fitness instructor to make sure you use the right technique.

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