Gym Balls have been known by many different names; Swiss Ball, Exercise Ball, Fitness Ball, Stability Ball, Balance Ball and many others, but they are in fact all the same thing.
So, are they just another gimmicky gadget brought out onto the market for us to waste our money? The answer is a resounding NO! In fact they are not new, but have been around since 1963 when they were first used in treatment programs for newborns and infants. They then moved on to be used Physical Therapy and now have moved on to be an exercise ball.
The Gym Ball is probably the most versatile aid to exercising available. In contrast to exercising on a flat surface the Gym Ball actually strengthens the core muscles without you even realising it!
The core muscles are the abdomen and back muscles. Strengthening these can help in many different areas. Those suffering with lower back pain will find it helps ease the pain. Pregnant women will find that the ball not only helps ease their back problems, but will in face help in labour and delivery. Most people have poor posture; the Gym Ball helps improve this. Those wishing to lose weight or get fit will have an excellent base to start from.
Gym Balls come in different sizes and it is important that you get the right size for your height. Here is a handy little chart to help you…
45cm Gym Ball – for height 5’0″ (152cm) or shorter
55cm Gym Ball – for height 5’1″ – 5’6″ (155cm – 167cm)
65cm Gym Ball – for height 5’7″ – 6’1″ (170cm – 185cm)
75cm Gym Ball – for height 6’2″ (188cm) or taller
Personally, I can’t think of a better way to lose weight and get in shape than with a Gym Ball, and they’re FUN!
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