The Exercise Ball is not only a great, nay necessary tool for developing great abs, it also helps to train the core muscles often neglected by tradition abdominal workouts. These core muscles can assist greatly in developing balance and strength.
The Exercise Ball is also a fantastic training tool for people who suffer from back pain, simply sitting or bouncing on an Exercise Ball while watching T.V for example can greatly strengthen the muscles used to support your posture and reduce the stress placed on your spine.Some of the uses of the Exercise Ball are as follows:
- Learn proper posture
- Increase lumbar (low back) mobility
- Increase abdominal and back muscle strength
- Increase balance and stability
- Develop overall control and strength of the core body muscles.
As an introduction to exercising on the ball, it is often recommended that one simply sit on the exercise ball for 30 minutes a day and bounce lightly, continually finding and maintaining one’s balance on the ball.
Another recommended first step on the exercise ball is to find a neutral (lordotic) lumbar spine position. Slouch slightly on the exercise ball, rounding the lower and upper back. Begin bouncing lightly on the Exercise Ball. Allow the body to automatically find the straightened posture, which promote staying balanced while continuing to bounce on the exercise ball. This balanced position on the exercise ball is also referred to as the center of gravity, where the upper body is balanced on a stable pelvic base. Even a slight change in this neutral posture position will change the center of gravity and require a correction to stay on the exercise ball. The abdominal muscles are required to work the whole time to keep this balanced, neutral posture. So even a low impact workout like bouncing on a ball in front of the T.V can provide a great abdominal workout, reduce back pain and lower your chances of suffering from back and spinal problems in later life. Plus if you remember back to when you were a kid and had one of them bouncing rabbit or kangaroo things, it is kinda fun!