Slide show: Core exercises with a fitness ball

Slide show: Core exercises with a fitness ball
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Core exercises strengfitness exercisethen your core muscles, including abs, back and pelvis. You can do many core exercises with a fitness ball, also called a stability ball.

Fitness balls come in various sizes. For most exercises, youll want a ball that allows your knees to be at a right angle when you sit on the ball with your feet on the floor. The firmer the ball, the more difficult the exercise will be.

Do each core exercise five times. Breathe freely and deeply during each exercise. Focus on tightening your deepest abdominal muscle — the transversus abdominis — during each exercise. This is the muscle you feel contracting when you cough. As you get stronger, gradually increase to 10 to 15 repetitions.

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