Exercise balls have steadily become more popular since they were first introduced. People who are on the ball find themselves rolling toward improvements in strength, flexibility, and cardiorespiratory fitness.

Authors Anne Spalding and Linda Kelly, coauthors of Kids on a Ball (Human Kinetics, 1999), did extensive research and discovered adults like to have fun when exercising-and stand to benefit just as much as kids in using exercise balls. The authors expanded their book for kids to include exercises and information for instructors and participants of all ages and included activities that can be used not only in school gymnasiums and classrooms but in exercise facilities, workplaces, and homes as well.

Fitness on the Ball: A Core Program for Brain and Body (Human Kinetics, October 2009) features the following material:

  • A CD-ROM that includes an image bank, reproducibles, activity sheets, assessments, lesson plans, a glossary of terms, and other teachers' tools
  • An expansion from K-5 to all ages
  • Photos, illustrations, and anatomical drawings depicting the muscles as they are being worked in the five core activities
  • Information and suggestions for using the exercise balls in adapted physical education


The exercises are easy to follow and well illustrated, making it a practical and user-friendly resource. Fitness instructors will be equipped with over 110 exercises and receive valuable advice on managing equipment and participants so everyone gets the most out of the fitness ball program. The new expanded version of Fitness on the Ball includes material for all ages so schools, fitness centers, YMCAs, and even those working out from home can get the most of out of their workout.

For more information on Fitness on the Ball: A Core Program for Brain and Body or other fitness resources, visit www.HumanKinetics.com.