Thursday, October 17, 2013
As we mentioned in our last post, a stability ball is an essential piece of equipment for any home gym. You may have also heard it referred to as a Swiss ball, balance ball, exercise ball, fitness ball, or physio ball. With all those different names, you can see why it is known for its versatility. Whatever you prefer to call it, it’s important that you purchase the right one.
Users under 4’10” - 42 cm. or 16”
4’11” – 5’4” - 55cm or 21”
5’5” – 5’11” - 65cm or 25”
6’ or taller - 75cm or 29”
The proper size is important so you maximize the benefits. The right ball can also double as an office chair. The goal is to have your knees at a right angle while you are sitting on the ball with your feet facing forward. Your thighs should be parallel with the floor. Using the ball for a chair is a great way to improve posture.
The ball can also be used as a weight bench for strength training. It changes upper-body moves into full-body workouts when you have to stabilize your core and leg muscles on the ball. If you plan to use one for this purpose, make sure it is burst resistant. Most of them are, but it’s something you’ll want to check. If you lift very heavy weights or are a beginner still learning proper form, it’s best to just stick with a regular weight bench so you have enough support.
Other uses for the ball include yoga, pilates, stretching, and performing basic exercises like sit-ups. It requires extra balance so you increase flexibility and engage more muscles, especially the core. It’s a tool that has been around for a long time so you know you won’t be following any fad. Plus, it’s a fun way to change up your routine!