Fitness Ball Exercises For Fun And Variety

Fitness ball exercises can be very good in adding variety and interest to your workouts. The exercises are done using a lightweight ball that is approximately 35-85 centimeters in diameter and filled with air. The ball can be used for physical therapy as well as athletic training and exercise.

The ball, which is called by various names such as swiss ball, stability ball, among others, is a versatile piece of exercise equipment that can very easily be used at home as well as in a gym setting. Originally the ball was developed in 1963 by Aquilino Cosani, an Italian plastics manufacturer for use in physical therapy. Today the ball is used for athletic training or general fitness training in exercises from yoga and pilates.

The primary benefit of using a fitness exercise ball is to strengthen the “core muscles” of the body. This is done by sitting on the ball and performing exercises that require your balance as you execute the movements. The muscles of your abdomen and back are targeted as you exercise.

Another benefit to using the ball is that it is a great way to get a full body workout. You can easily work your chest and upper body, and also your lower body with various positions on the ball.

Age is also not an issue in using the fitness ball. Most of the exercise movements are done on a flat surface. The movements are not bouncy or jerky. They can be adapted to any fitness level. You can perform the exercise with or without weights to make them progressive as you get in better and better shape. As long as you have enough room , you can conveniently use the ball at home very easily.

Adding variety in your workouts from time to time is an important thing to do. Your muscles get used to certain movements over time. In order to progress and improve your fitness level, it’s a good idea to perform different exercises for the same muscle groups. You can easily spice up your regular routine by incorporating fitness ball exercises.

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