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Most of the fitness trainees know what is an exercise ball. It is a rubbery ball that is inflated and it is used mainly in yoga classes.
Have you seen people using them in their office? Yes! You can use it in your office too instead of a normal chair.
But what is the actual value of this exercise ball and why do people use it? Well, it actually allows your body to stabilize itself, giving you more flexibility and stronger stabilizing muscles. So it is not up to your choice, your stabilizing muscles will grow. We have listed here five of the most important benefits of using the exercise ball.
Sitting— Exercise Ball Chair
Don’t use your tedious chair anymore and use the exercise ball instead. It might be a hurdle in the beginning but it won’t take you time until you adapt and have the stabilizing muscles capable of making you stay still on the exercise ball. You will feel shaking?
Well, that is true, because this is the stage where your body is doing some frequent and small modifications for you to stay balanced. Such movements will make your stabilizing muscles stronger, especially in the core area, and who doesn’t like to have a strong core?
You can’t imagine why your core muscles are being engaged? Well, it is responsible for connecting your upper and lower bodies. Your lower body is being subjected to a loose ground, so in order to make your upper body still, your core muscles have to hold them.
Having a strong core will make your posture look perfect in addition to preventing your from back pain and injuries, which is what we regularly see nowadays.
Why don’t you switch up your regular abs routine by lying on an exercise ball instead of a bench or the ground? Being comfy doesn’t mean that it is not effective, it actually has proven that it puts more load on the core and helps you build better abs.
In addition to strengthening your core, doing abs exercises on an exercise ball actually helps you in strengthening your shoulders and hips and making them more flexible since the stabilizing muscles in them are being subject to continuous load.
You will notice an enhanced balance when you start using the exercise ball in sitting and exercises. You will never have to worry about tripping due to a weak slip. Your center of gravity will be your strength point, not your weak point.
Your stabilizing muscles will not be weak as before, but they will be strong enough to aid you up from embarrassment.
Not only you can do abs exercises on the exercise ball, you can also do bench press, skull crushers, and shoulder press on it. Just make sure that the ball is supporting your upper back and neck.
Just like normal exercising being conducted on exercise balls, you can do stretches on them too to enhance your stabilizing muscles.