Leading Exercise Ball Will Define Your Body
Today we have more options than ever before when it comes to our exercise routine. We can do Yoga, Pilates, aerobics, weight training, and balance work. The latter is accomplished with the help of an exercise ball. The leading exercise ball is usually referred to as a Swiss ball.
These balls were invented in Switzerland to be used in therapy. That therapeutic benefit can help you achieve greater results with your workouts too.
These balls can have a huge impact on your workout since they force you to use virtually all the muscles in your body. When you sit on a round object, it will tend to roll. You will have to use your muscles to compensate for that tendency and keep the ball still.
You will be using muscles that are virtually impossible to work and target with any other form of exercise. That is one of the main reasons people like to use exercise balls, they amp up any routine since you will be using more muscles just to keep the ball stable.
Another great reason to use an exercise ball is if you are just getting into shape or are recovering from an injury. A friend of mine has bad knees so our fitness instructor helped her modify her entire workout so she could be seated on the ball and take the stress off of her knees. That way she can still workout, and continue to lose weight, without having to worry about putting a lot of weight and stress on her knees…the best of both worlds!
A good exercise ball is very flexible, yet strong. It will give a little when you sit on it but it shouldn’t give too much. You can add air to it to make it a little more firm. You will need to find the right ball for your size and your particular workout. Some workouts will require you to have a bigger ball. The balls range in size from 45 -75 cm. Most sporting good or department stores will carry them.
Keep in mind when you’re first starting out that the use of an exercise ball tends to increase the intensity of the workouts that you do, so you will want to start slowly at first. You don’t want to strain your muscles to the point where you can’t work out for a while.
It is also important to be careful what exercises you do in the beginning because you don’t want to lose your balance and hurt yourself. Make sure you have enough room around you and the ball so if you do lose your balance you don’t topple down a staircase or fall into a sharp corner. You should also avoid lifting weights on the ball until you have a better idea of how well you can maintain your balance.
When it comes to getting, or staying, in shape using the leading exercise ball can help improve the effectiveness of your workout as well as your balance. These things all add up to helping you sculpt the body you’ve always wanted more quickly than you could without the use of a ball.