Let's Get On The Ball!
The stability ball has fast
become a popular tool for exercising. Primarily used in a rehabilitation
facility by therapists, you can now find them on many gym floors,
on your local sporting good store shelves and at your LIVE on line
store as well. It offers many different exercises for all fitness
levels, from beginners to advanced athletes. They are great for
working the entire body, not just for abs, as you ll find many ads
marketing this way. You ll find it a challenging and exciting way
to add variety and fun to your workouts. In conjunction with improving
your overall strength and muscle tone, it can help improve you core
strength, posture, balance, and coordination.
The stability ball can be used in place of a bench for many exercises,
and for a variety of stretches as well. It also makes a great office
chair since your core muscles will work to keep upright posture.
Unlike a bench, a ball will move under you, at every angle, side
to side and back and forth while performing certain exercises. So
to keep the ball from moving, and perform an exercise, your body
is coordinating multiple muscle groups to work together throughout
every exercise you do.
When sitting on the ball to perform exercises like a dumbbell shoulder
press or bicep curl, your core muscles will fire as they try to
stabilize the ball underneath your hips. Lift one foot off the ground
slightly and you ll find yourself working even harder to stay on
top of the ball.
If you are thinking about purchasing your own ball to incorporate
it into your workout program, here are some buying tips in case
you re not sure which ball you should be using. When seated on the
top of a stability ball your knees should be even with your hips
or slightly above. Larger, softer balls are great for de-conditioned,
or those who might be rand new to working out, overweight, or mature
populations. The firmer the ball the more difficult the exercises
are to perform; the softer the ball the easier exercises are to
45cm- used for shorter (under 5 ft).
55cm- used for most people
65cm-used for taller (over 6 ft).
A stability ball is a great tool that can offer a challenge to your
workouts. All age groups and all fitness levels can incorporate
the right stability ball exercises to improve your balance, strength,
posture and coordination. But with a challenge, comes a more exciting
workout that will help you to achieve better results while having
fun during your workout.
Bryan Ashbaugh has a Masters
in Exercise and Sports Science and is Co-Founder and CEO of www.liveleantoday.com.
He has authored many fitness
and nutrition articles. He has been in professional fitness
for 8 years. If you want more information on other topics and a
fitness and nutrition plan for you go to www.liveleantoday.com
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