Here's Why You Should Be Using An Exercise Ball

I remember going to gym class in high school and always noticing a giant blue ball in the corner of the gym. It didn’t get much use by any of us, and it really only continued to collect dust over my four years at high school. The thing is, I really didn’t understand what it was. I honestly thought it was just a giant bouncy ball, like a super size toy version of a kid’s plaything; I hardly considered that it could actually be used to improve a person’s fitness and health.

Now that I’m an adult who regularly goes to the gym, I see other gym rats using the many exercise balls in the place all the time, and it finally got me intrigued enough to want to learn more about the benefits of this particular tool. I came across a great article by Gear Fire that goes into the many good reasons why we should all start using an exercise ball as our chairs; while this is all well and good, and I wholeheartedly agree, it turns out that exercise balls can actually be used for a lot more other purposes than merely a fitness tool to sit on.

First, I will go into a little more detail about using an exercise ball in place of a regular chair. It may seem hard to believe, especially if you’ve never used an exercise ball for this purpose before, but it really can give you quite a workout by toning your core in a very noticeable way. Since it is primarily a balancing act, your core will remain actively engaged in order to maintain that balance and strengthen your abdominals overall. Your spine will also be forced into a proper alignment, which will prevent any misalignments that may cause pain and inflammation later on down the line.

Finally, you will have to be constantly moving in order to keep your position on the ball, which will improve your circulation and also prevent you from getting strained muscles from sitting in one position for hours at a time. When you consider how often you sit down, an exercise ball can really be time and cost effective. You can also use an exercise ball to perform sit ups (you can also buy exercise balls in a half formation, which will bring you lower to the ground and make it easer to perform a somewhat traditional sit up).