Have a ball with exercise

Big, round, and soft, exercise balls can put some bounce back into your workouts.

They go by many names: Swiss balls, physio balls, stability balls, or simply exercise balls. No matter what you call them, one of these large, lightweight inflatable balls is one of the most versatile and supportive pieces of equipment you can own.

"Exercise balls are so simple in design and function, yet they can be used for all kinds of home and gym exercises," says Dr. Rachel Lampros, a sports physical therapist with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. "They can add more benefits to standard exercises like dumbbell curls and sit-ups, and they're one of the best ways to help people with specific limitations. There's a good reason why they are so popular with trainers and physical therapists."

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