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A big bouncy exercise ball makes even the work of getting fit seem fun. Kids as young as 5 can reap the benefits, says New York City-based kids' fitness expert Steve Ettinger, and the balls naturally lend themselves to playful movement while improving balance, strength, and stability. You'll want to get a ball sized so that your child can sit on it with her feet on the floor and her knees and hips at 90-degree angles (shown here, Sportsmith's 45-centimeter ball; $13.95). Once she's outfitted, try some of Steve's favorite exercises.
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