Fitness ball exercises: Good for my abs?

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Fitness ball exercises: Good for my abs?

Question

Can I use a fitness ball to tone my abs?

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Answer

Fitness balls — also known as stability balls — come in various sizes. Choose a fitness ball that allows your knees to be at a right angle when you sit on the ball with your feet flat on the floor.

To tone your abdominal muscles using a fitness ball, try the abdominal crunch:

  • Sit on the fitness ball with your feet resting on the floor, about hip-width apart.
  • Keeping your back straight, cross your arms on your chest and tighten your abdominal muscles.
  • Lean back until you feel your abdominal muscles tighten.
  • Hold for three deep breaths.
  • Return to the start position and repeat.

Start with up to five repetitions, as long as you're able to maintain good form. Over time, as you strengthen your abs and core muscles, gradually increase to 10 to 15 repetitions on the fitness ball. Remember to breathe freely and deeply while using the fitness ball.

Last Updated: 2011-07-01
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