Exercise ball ab workouts can be used to
tighten and tone every core muscle of the body. Since the body has to activate additional muscles to stabilize itself, exercises become more effective, so you will burn more calories and reach inner core muscles more effectively.
Also known as fitness balls or stability balls, these simple tools are very inexpensive, yet they are one of the most effective pieces of exercise equipment that you will ever use.
Trying to stay on the fitness ball can be challenging – it's harder than it looks and you will probably have a few falls worthy of America's Funniest Home Videos - but once you master it, you will be amazed at the improvement in your strength, balance, and agility.
Exercise Ball Ab Workouts
Sit on the ball with your feet flat on the floor about hip-width apart. Cross your arms over your chest or rest them on your stomach.
Keeping your back straight, lean back to tighten abdominal muscles. Hold for 5 seconds then return to starting position. Repeat for desired number of reps.
Kyle Demonstrating the Exercise Ball Crunch
With all of these core exercises, breathe out as you engage your abs, and breathe in when you return to your starting position.
Fitness ball crunches can be easier if you position lower on the ball. If balance is an issue you can widen your base by moving your feet apart further.
Back Pain Relief - Many trainers and fitness experts will often encourage exercise ball ab workouts for people with back pain since the soft surface can be easier on the hips and lower back and may even protect the spine from injury.
Core Strength - Even when you are just sitting on the ball, your core is working hard just to keep balance. These muscles also help to stabilize your spine.
Muscle Balance and Tone - You can tone and work your muscles evenly, featuring your arms and legs in different positions and movements with the ball.
Convenience - Just sitting on the ball while watching television or reading will improve your posture and strengthen your core. If you work at a desk, try replacing your chair with a stability ball. It might feel a little awkward at first, but you will get used it. Many people find that this switch also helps them from becoming stiff and sore after sitting for long periods of time.
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