Exercise balls are an excellent tool in building core and back strength. The movement of the ball requires the body to respond in order to maintain balance. Using an exercise ball while doing exercises that are typically done while standing or sitting on a stationary surface adds a whole other level of strength and balance training to your workout.
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Exercise balls are lightweight and can even be packed up for travel. This week, we’ll set the foundation for a series of exercises using a exercise ball. To start, we’ll focus on proper form sitting on a exercise ball.
- Chest should be up, shoulder blades down and back, and head back over your shoulders.
- Keep your feet flat on the ground shoulder width or slightly further apart.
- Your lower back should be stabilized using your transversus abdominus
- Make sure that you continue breathing, as it is easy to start holding our breath when focusing on form.
- Ensure that you maintain your back in proper form to prevent injury.
Next week, we’ll begin utilizing the exercise ball. In the meantime, I recommend using the exercise ball instead of a traditional chair. Take it to work, use it while you browse on the computer at home, or even eat dinner while sitting on it. If used consistently, you’ll begin to notice increased strength in your core and back, which ultimately builds stability for your whole body.
As always, please check with you provider before starting any new exercise regimen.
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