The basics about exercise balls

November 12, 2012

The basics about exercise balls

For anyone just beginning to introduce exercise balls into their home workouts, it is important to make sure you are using the proper equipment. The size and quality of the exercise balls are both factors that effects whether or not you get the most benefits that the ball can offer. Safety is another issue and you may want consider other equipment that is often used at the same time as the exercise ball such as a foam mat. Mats are important to use during floor work as their may be exercises that require you to lie down or you may wish to provide extra comfort for your hands or feel whist in certain positions using the exercise balls. Make sure to get a good recommendation or take advice form a trainer or retailer as the best option for you when it comes to exercise balls. It is essential whilst using such exercises balls, to maintain proper body alignment. Doing exercises with your body in the wrong position can do more than harm than good so for both your safety and to get the most out of your work outs using exercise balls, always remember to make a conscious effort to maintain proper alignment whist carrying out the exercises. Fewer repetitions with good alignment are far better than more repetitions with bad alignment. With that in mind, below is a description of two of the most common positions required when using exercise balls.

Sitting Position

Sit on the centre of the ball with your back straight. Your feet should be shoulder width apart and be sure to sit up without leaning backwards or forwards every time you return to this original sitting position. Whilst doing exercises from this position, tighten your stomach muscles for best results. This will strengthen your core as well as improving balance. Neutral Position

This position is also known as the tabletop position and should look like youÂ’re about to do a push up with your knees being supported by the exercise ball. In order to get into this position, start with the ball under your belly and then slowly roll forward until the ball is under your knees or shins. Keep stomach and butt muscles tight, which will help to keep the spine straight. Keeping your spine straight is the key safety tip to this position so make sure it does not begin to arch up or sag down.

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