Fitness Tools: The Exercise Ball

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What should I look for in an exercise ball?

Fitness Tools: The Exercise Ball

The exercise ball is a great fitness tool, especially for ab workouts. There are many ab ball exercises that can be done to strengthen the "stabilizing muscles" of the body. These muscles don't usually get a good workout with the standard group of ab exercises. The exercise ball can also provide some variety in your fitness routine and keep things interesting, which can help you stay motivated.

There are some basic guidelines to follow when selecting an exercise ball. Personal trainers and other health club personnel can help you find the right size ball if you are at the gym. If purchasing one for home use you can follow the manufacturer's guidelines.

Here are some things to keep in mind to make sure you get the ball that is right for you:

  • When you sit on the exercise ball you should be able to put your feet flat on the floor.
  • Your knees should be equal with your pelvis or lower.
  • Weight is a factor in sizing the ball, so you may want to adjust accordingly if you are heavier or lighter than average for your height.
  • Remember that you will need an air pump to keep the ball inflated. If it doesn't come with one, pick one up at your local sporting goods store.
  • Don't forget to think about where you will store the ball. Although they are a super tool, they take up a bit of space.

   

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