The stability ball is a dynamic and versatile piece of equipment to consider using in your workout routine. It can be used in nearly any type of workout to challenge yourself and take your fitness to the next level. While it does take some time to get used to the instability, you will soon find yourself craving the muscle isolation, balance, and core stability this tool provides. Here are 7 reasons to incorporate them into your workout routine:
- 1. Strengthens Your Core:
Time to swap out your exercise bench with a stability ball. Any workout done on the bench can likely be performed on the ball. Some examples are chest presses, rows, and bicep curls. As you perform these, you will also be strengthening your core because you are using your core muscles to maintain stability.
2. Improves Your Flexibility:
Even if you do not use the ball for your workout routine, you. can use it to stretch and warm up your muscles before the workout commences. This reduces the risk of injury.
3. Enhances Body Weight Exercises:
Body weight exercises such as planks, push ups, and dips can be enhanced with the stability ball. This will improve core stability and balance!
4. Cardio Burn:
Incorporating the stability ball into your cardio workouts is a sure fire way of getting your heart rate up. Since they are lightweight and versatile , you can easily add them to enhance your cardio moves.
5. Back and Spine Health:
The stability ball is great if you have lower back problems as it supports the lower back as you stretch and exercise. Physical therapists and chiropractors routinely recommend the stability ball as part of a regular exercise routine.
6. Improves Balance:
Even if not used for exercise, just sitting on a stability ball engages your stabilizer muscles. Try sitting on a stability ball at your desk to engage back and abdominal muscles. It will also help with posture.
7. Helps with Sports Performance:
Sports enthusiasts can appreciate the unstable and soft surface of the stability ball. This strengthens core muscles, activates core structure, improves proprioception, coordination and balance. All of these will serve to protect against injury.
Not sure of how to use the stability ball? Come to a special class on Monday, January 24 9:45 am EST. We will use the ball for the last 15 minutes of class! Interested in getting one? Click on the picture below (ad) and correlate size to height below.
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