Exercise balls have become a popular exercise equipment being widely used today. This
exercise ball has already been known with different names. Some call it the balance ball, Swedish ball, Pezzi ball
and yoga ball among other names.
Exercise balls are made out of lightweight materials. Polyvinyl chloride is its main material. Several exercises
can be made by using this ball. Its main role is for toning and strengthening the abdomen and the back muscles.
This is a very handy exercise equipment. It is very easy to store and carry. The balls are filled with air by the
use of air pump, and by opening the lid that seals the air inside the ball, you can easily keep the very light
material and store it for its next use.
Originally, the exercise ball was designed for physical therapy. It was
first used for that purpose in the 1960’s, until it was discovered to be a very good material for exercise,
athletic and sports training and for the infamous yoga. Exercising the back muscles can be very effective when
used with the exercise ball. This is because more muscles are stimulated than when exercising flat on the
floor. The ball could be a very great help in strengthening the muscles from the shoulder blades to the plank
Exercise balls, nowadays, are no longer used for working. Quite a many people are also using the ball as a
chair. Yes, a chair, indeed. It is believed that the structure of the ball and its soft and elastic surface is a
great help in maintaining proper posture while working. A slight movement while sitting on the ball could stimulate
the back muscles. Thus, even while doing something else on your desks, you are also doing an exercise.
One other benefit of the exercise ball is while a woman is on labor. This is
usually done when the baby is not going down the pelvis for easier birthing. The exercise ball has also been
known as a birth ball because of its capability to aid in the delivery of a child. The ball is placed on the
back of the woman and with a slight rocking movement, could stimulate the muscles, making the fetus inside
slowly changing its position for easier delivery. Aside from that benefit, the ball also aids the woman during
severe contractions. It can help ease the pain brought by the muscle tension.
In addition to its many benefits, exercise balls could also be a great help in turning those flabs into a
fabulously looking curves. When the ball is positioned in the abdomen, it strengthens and tones the abdominal
muscles, while improving your body’s balance at the same time. This ball is much more convenient to use than lifts
and any other abdominal exercise. It is a very safe material, thus by following the correct procedures in using the
ball, those gorgeous muscles are just a few ball rolls away. However, allow me to reiterate that, again, this ball
will never work a miracle. If you want to achieve the curves that you have always craved for, work for it, the ball
is just your aid.