September 9, 2012
If you’re going about your fitness routine and looking for new things to try out, you might want to take one further look at the exercise ball.
Many people unfortunately view the exercise ball as simply a tool that they can use to work their abdominal muscles. While the exercise ball is definitely great for challenging your abs and getting them in top form, that’s not all it’s good for.
There are many different things that you can use an exercise for so thinking outside of the box is key.
Let’s have a look at three things that you can use an exercise ball for to help you take your fitness up a level.
The very first thing that you can use an exercise ball for is transferring your standard dumbbell movements over onto it. Simply transferring a shoulder press, chest press, lateral raise, bicep curl, and so on onto the exercise ball will make the exercise itself more challenging and make those muscles work harder than they have before.
The more instable you are going about any exercise you’re performing, the more muscle fibers you’ll recruit in order to complete the activity.
The second way that you can challenge the body with an exercise ball is by performing bodyweight exercises on it.
For example, rather than performing push-ups flat on the ground, try and perform them with the hands up on an exercise ball instead.
Or, when doing your plank exercise for core strengthening, place the hands or feet up on the ball for a real challenge.
If you really feel like you need to kick things up a notch, then consider standing on the exercise ball itself and performing bodyweight squats.
Note that this is for the highly advanced however, so don’t try this unless you are fairly confident on the ball and have a spotter nearby to help you.
The last thing you want to do is fall off as you would wind up seriously injured.
Finally, the last way to incorporate the exercise ball into your day to offer clear fitness benefits is by sitting on it while you’re at work.
Sitting on an exercise ball is going to get those abs contracting hard, supporting you the entire time. When you’re sitting sedentary in a regular office chair, you require very little core muscle activation at all.
Put yourself on an exercise ball however and it’s a whole other story.
So there you have the main things outside of the crunch that you can use an exercise ball for. Include these in your workout program and you’ll be seeing great results shortly.