When it comes to fitness and exercising, an exercise ball is a must have when it comes to enhancing your results.
There are different types of fitness balls depending on your exercise such as, a physio ball, stability ball, exercise ball, and a fitness ball. Adding a ball to your routine maximizes your results and make your ordinary routines more challenging.
In this case, size DOES matter! So make sure you have the right size ball for you and the particular exercise you’re using it for. While you’re getting in-tune with your “oneness” with yoga, add an exercise ball for support while you’re performing certain poses and stretches. Don’t wanna lift weights? Well, an exercise ball can be a substitute! An exercise ball can help you build upper body strength by replacing the weight bench for push ups.
Check out a few exercises below using an exercise ball:
Upper Body Strength
1. Place your lower legs over the ball with the palms of your hands on the floor. Make sure your torso and hips are in front of the ball.
2. After getting yourself into position, bend your elbows and lower your upper body toward the floor in a “tilt” motion. Breathe out and straighten your elbows.
3. Repeat 8 times.
Weight Bench Substitute
1. Position your body where only the top of your feet and toes are on the ball. You are now in the “push-up” position with your feet elevated on the ball and both palms are face down on the floor.
2. Now execute the exercise using the “push-up” motion. Bend your elbows as you lower your chest in and up and down motion.
Incorporating Yoga: Tree Pose
1. Place the ball to your right (or left) and lift your right leg with your calf muscle resting on the ball and feet pointed.
2. Inhale and exhale with both palms of your hands in front of you touching one another.
3. Keep your head straight forward. Take deep 3 to 5 deep breaths.
1. Place the ball in front of you. Place your palms on the ball and take a few steps backwards. When your body is fully extended, keep your hands in place , gently press upper body toward the floor.
2. Hold pose for 30 to 60 seconds