Using equipment or gym materials in exercising makes a huge difference in the outcome of your routines. The extra materials that you integrate increase the level of difficulty and it lets you focus more on your desired result. Even with or without a membership in the gym, these materials can be acquired and utilized whenever you want to.
Back in the 1960’s, an Italian plastic manufacturer Aquilino Cosani developed a ball made of soft elastic which is filled with pressure and was used initially for newborns and infants. In the years that had passed, this ball has been used for different trainings, exercises and theraphies. From being called as a Swiss ball, it has reached a certain degree of popularity as fitness ball, stability ball, balance ball and many more.
Stronger Muscles – The use of an exercise ball let your muscle to engage more than the usual. Exercise fitness programs make muscles more stronger with the use of a ball as it makes your core responds to instability brought by the material. When the muscles receive pressure on an unstable surface, it activates and forced to perform greater activity. For this reason, an exercise ball is widely used in abdominal and back muscles routines with extreme focus on the rectus abdominus.
Proper Posture and Balance – With the proper training and discipline, the exercise ball can help you to achieve proper posture and balance. When you are under a specific training using this material, you always have to be conscious about your posture- to keep your back straight whether you are seated or lying on the ball. In the same circumstance, you have to keep your balance unless you want to get stumble and fall. Other physical theraphist even recoomend to sit on the ball one in awhile.
Sit and Roll – Find the perfect size of the ball based on your body type. Start by sitting on it. Remember to put your feet together on the floor and to straighten your back. Place your right hand on left shoulder and your left hand on your right shoulder. Then, wallk your feet forward and let your back glide on the ball. Go back to your original position. Repeat this routine for 10 to 15 minutes.
Bend on the Ball – If you are used to in doing bending stunts, this may be easy for you; if not, bending on the ball will be a piece a cake as well. This activity can be used as warm up for the regular attendees of the gym. First, sit on the ball as comfortable as you can. Don’t forget to maintain your body posture. Your hands must be placed on each side of your shoulders, while your legs are parallel on the ground. Then, slowly step forward and let your back rest on the ball. Next, move your feet backward and raise your arms. Gradually, reach for the floor while your body is bent on the ball. Go back to your original position and repeat the routine smoothly.