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Getting Fit With An Exercise Ball

Feb 19, 2008
The exercise ball has gained increasing popularity in the different parts of the globe these days. Albeit, do not think that this fitness ball has become prevalent and widely held by most health aficionados because of its cute shape and brilliant colors but know that its heath benefits offer more to an advantage. The exercise ball brings focus and concentrates on strengthening the abdomen and the back muscles, a way to increase stability. The exercise ball is more preferred especially by physical therapists as they can cause fewer injuries than using any other exercise equipment.

If you are in the market for an exercise ball, the thing to remember is to buy one that fits your height. Yes, just like you and the rest of the health buffs on your gym, exercise balls are not created equal. It is actually created to fit your size and physique to a T for maximum benefit. To know which ball is right for you, what you can do is sit on it. Then check if your hips are at a level or in a slightly higher level than that of your knees. The sizes range from 55cm, 65cm or 75cm. No need to fret if you are obese and think that you would be too heavy for the ball, there are burst-resistant balls that are available for people just like you.

There are quite a number of exercise or fitness drills that you can do with the use of the exercise ball. For one merely sitting on the ball is challenge enough. One would need to balance themselves to achieve this feat. This is one simple thing that you can do while reading your favorite novel or watching the news on television but know that it helps much to improve your posture and to ease out your back muscles. You may perk up the challenge by adding more moves like raising your feet off the ground while still maintaining balance. Another thing that you can do also is make it your weight bench. That would prove to add more difficulty than just plain sitting around. By doing so you not only exercise your back but also your butt, your arms, your legs and your abs.

Exercise balls are known to be perfect for abdominal training exercises because it can work to focus the work out on muscles in your abdomen area. With the use of the exercise ball, you add more zest to your regular twist and turn moves, your abdominal crunches and other conventional abdominal exercises. This makes it tricky but it sure does the trick to tone done those muscles and give you that six pack abs that you have been yearning for.

Stretching exercises work well with the exercise ball. So you may incorporate your yoga and pilates with the exercise ball. There are a number of exercise programs on stretches or yoga with the ball that you can follow that is available in the market today. Best of all, the exercise ball is still a ball and as such it is a great toy to play with. It is round and soft so you can even let your kids play with it.
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