Exercise Balls and Their Advantage in Personal Fitness

One of the more versatile pieces of at-home exercise equipment is also one of the simplest. Inflatable exercise balls come in a variety of sizes, weights and colors, and can be used for everything from a soft support for yoga poses to a substitute for weighted dumbbells. Understanding the advantages of exercise balls in personal fitness helps you decide whether you want to make them a part of your home workout routine.

Relieve back pain

Exercise balls are often used in rehabilitation for lower back pain because they help to strengthen the core muscles that stabilize the spine. Adding an exercise ball to floor workouts adds an element of instability, causing core muscles to work at maintaining balance. Over time, this strengthens the back and abdominal muscles and improves stability and posture, which can make a huge improvement in lower back pain.

Sit around and reap the benefits

An appropriately chosen exercise ball can be used as a chair while working in your office or sitting in front of the TV. Staying balanced on the ball is a challenge for your muscles and an easy way to improve your posture. When you get used to balancing, try doing simple exercises while sitting on your exercise ball. Be sure to choose a ball that is appropriate for your height, burst-proof and one that will support your weight.

Yoga and flexibility

An exercise ball can be used to modify yoga and Pilates poses, adding a new dimension to the workout. Use it to support yourself during a pose you haven't mastered yet, or add extra difficulty by incorporating balance on the ball into the exercise.

Play catch

Try throwing an exercise ball back and forth with a friend (or bounce it off a wall) to work out your arms and upper body. Use both hands to hold the ball to your chest and then push outwards to throw it. You'll feel like you're just playing catch, but you'll actually be getting some great exercise.

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Building strength with core workouts stabilizes your torso, protects your spine, improves your balance and reduces the risk of lower back injury.

An exercise ball workout forces you to engage multiple muscles in your core at once, increasing the effectiveness of your workout while decreasing the amount of time you need to work out if you targeted each core muscle independently.

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