Simple Exercise Ball Workout Routines
Everybody seems to be using an exercise ball these days. They are a great way to target the core muscles of your body. They also improve your coordination and balance. The exercise ball is a very versatile piece of equipment, and exercises can range from the very hard to the very easy.
You may have heard exercise balls also referred to as Swiss balls. Exercise balls were originally used by Swiss physiotherapists to treat cerebral palsy victims. It was quickly realised that they could also be used as an integral part of an exercise routine.
They are made of soft elastic polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and are very durable. They come in different sizes, from 55cm up to a maximum of 75cm, for people of different heights. Ask your retailer at your local fitness store for one which suits your size. It is very important to choose the right size of exercise ball. If Possible it is a good idea to buy a ball which is resistant to bursting. Some exercise balls will puncture but will avoid any rapid popping.
The exercise ball works by creating an unstable environment. You must use certain muscles just to keep yourself stable. All this has the effect of giving you workout routine a greater intensity. Muscles you never thought you had will be brought into play with an exercise ball.
Safety Tips For Using An Exercise Ball.
When using an exercise ball, try to perform your exercise routine with safety in mind.
Do not use it on a slippery floor.
If possible place a mat beneath your ball to prevent any slippage.
Make sure that when you use it you have plenty of room available.
Wear comfortable clothes.
Here are three simple exercises that a beginner can do:-
1. Improving Balance.
Sit on the ball.
Move your hips in a clockwise direction.
Reverse the movement.
Keep control of your posture.
Sit tall with your shoulders square.
2. Floor Crunch.
Lie on the floor with your feet resting on the ball.
Keep your knees at a 90 degree angle.
Position your hands behind your head.
Lift your shoulders towards your knees by tightening your abs.
Hold your position for a few seconds.
Return to the start position by releasing your stomach muscles.
3. The Clock.
Lie on your back with your heels on the ball.
Bend your knees to ninety degrees, and keep your arms out to your sides.
Keep the back of your thighs close to the ball.
Keeping your shoulders on the floor, rotate your legs to one side as far as you can go.
Return to the top, and repeat to the other side.
Looking after your ball.
Clean your ball with soapy water.
Regularly check your ball for gouges or scratches.
Do not use your ball outside, it increases the chance of puncture.
This piece of equipment may not be suitable for everyone. If in doubt ask you doctor for advice before embarking on any new exercise regime.