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Are Fitness Balls Any Good?

When it comes to exercise, it is easy to easily become overwhelmed with the options available. From dumbbells, to exercise machines, cardio machines, and strength training exercises, it can almost feel like you need a manual just to get some exercise! This can be especially true when one is just starting out. If you are new to exercising, or even if you are a seasoned athlete, you may find exercise balls are both fun and an effective way to help you in multiple areas.

Exercise balls can do so much for your body. Utilizing a single stability ball, you can work on your flexibility and balance while building endurance, muscles, and your core. Before you begin researching exercises to get the most out of your stability ball, here are a few tips you should know first!

What Types of Fitness Balls Are There?

There are many different types of fitness balls to choose from, mainly varying in size. However, the size you choose should be dependent upon your height. A properly sized stability ball will allow your knees to make a 90-degree angle when you are seated on top. If you are a beginner, senior, or have any sort of health condition that can make exercising challenging, it is suggested you use a slightly larger and softer ball. This can help you maintain stability and build strength when getting used to balancing on the ball.

If you are more experienced with exercising or have good balance, choose your ball depending on your height. Fitness balls can differ in sizes, typically from 12 to 30 inches in circumference. For example, if your height falls between 5 ft. 1 in. to 5 ft. 7 in. go for a ball that maintains a 22 in. circumference. This will be appropriate for your height, allowing you to effectively and safely perform many of the stability ball exercises.

How Can A Fitness Ball Benefit Me?

You may be surprised to learn that you can perform an entire workout routine with just your stability ball. All that is required is a little creativity or a Google search! There are tons of examples online that will guide you through each and every exercise.

For example, your core can be strengthened by performing crunches with your lower back resting on the ball. Increase your extension by allowing you to stretch your abs whenever you lower yourself down. Help with balance by spreading your feet farther apart, or make it more challenging by bringing them together. By simply working at maintaining balance you will be putting a little bit more effort that can make a world of difference to your exercises.

Be Cautious

When using your stability ball it is important to perform the exercise on a padded surface or one that provides friction with the ball. If you begin your fitness ball exercises on a slippery surface, you risk the ball slipping out from under you. This can be a very dangerous hazard when exercising.

Fitness balls can be an excellent source of exercise for people looking to accomplish a lot with a simple tool. They can be easy on the joints, providing support, while also allowing more advanced individuals the opportunity to make their routines a bit more challenging. If you are looking for a way to up your workout game, seek out a fitness ball personalized to your height!

 

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