If you are trying to lose fat and gain muscle, you have likely been spending a lot of time on the treadmill. However, cardiovascular exercise is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fitness. You need to balance aerobic exercise with a good diet, strength training, balance practice and increased flexibility. For those who are a little timid about the world of strength and core training, a medicine ball is the perfect fitness tool. It is non-threatening and easy to use, but very effective in toning and strengthening the entire body.
One of the first known uses of the medicine ball dates back to ancient times when athletes built strength by tossing and rolling stones back and forth. The medicine ball works in much the same way. You can lie on the ground and let gravity do the work, or you can partner up with someone and toss the ball back and forth. At first, you may just be trying to get the ball up into the air, but over time you will be able to apply force behind your tosses and work on control and power in each of your moves.