How Exercise Balls Have Evolved Into Exercise Equipment

By: Gregg Hall

It was Swiss medical therapists that invented the exercise ball and it has become a most popular hit to say the least. People are attracted to the shapes and colors of the balls and they are quite useful when it comes to exercising because they offer so much support. The best thing about exercise balls is that they help to strengthen and tone all parts of the body but because they are so soft many people are using them as part of their yoga rituals.

People seem to really enjoy the exercise balls because they are so durable and can withstand just about anything. They maintain their shape and can withstand a lot of weight. Another benefit is that they are not harmful in any way to your body at all. There are several styles and colors to choose from, they are very easy to store and a lot of people even let their children play with them too.

The exercise ball was originated for medical purposes and used in medical therapy to support the body during exercise. They actually help maintain some balance. There is no worry about the ball bursting because of the material that it is made from heavy duty latex. There are some exercises within the boundaries of yoga and outside those boundaries that can only be used with the exercise balls. Exercise balls can make a big difference when it comes to the limitations that are set for particular exercises that would not otherwise be able to be done on a floor.

Many people feel that the exercise ball offers stability that would not other wise is possible but the exercise eliminates that instability and helps to maintain balance. It also helps people to use muscles that they would not otherwise use. Exercise balls are very useful for spinal injuries and people with back problems. Physiotherapy very often uses the exercise ball as part of their practice. However it has been proven to be very efficient in the reduction of any back pains. The Swiss exercise ball provides people with back pain and back injuries a very simple and effortless way to restore movement after a back episode or injury. It strengthens the muscles in the body but especially in the back and allows for greater flexibility.

Many rely on the exercise ball for the core strength of their workout. There are a few things that you should know about which exercise ball might work best for you. Before you buy a ball, make sure it's the right size for your height. To test it, sit on the ball and make sure your hips are level or just slightly higher than the knees. Even if you are obese you will find many balls that can easily hold over 600 pounds. There are essentially many ways to use the exercise ball such as for weight training, abdominal training, yoga and Pilates. When you incorporate some of the exercise DVDs with the use of the exercise ball you will find that you can really benefit from these together.

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