Exercise ball training is nothing like playing basketball or soccer. This is because instead of bouncing or kicking it around, you have to sit or lay in it and perform a variety of exercises.
The exercise ball is large. It is made of lightweight material and is known in different names. Some call it the Swiss ball while others refer to this as the stability ball. What it is called is not important. The important thing is that it is designed to give full flexibility to your body especially in the back area.
It does this by bringing blood circulation to your spine in a controlled and confined area by increasing the amount of blood around the affected discs in the back. Before it was used in gyms, this was once used to treat children affected with cerebral palsy in order to develop balance and maintain reflex response. Its success has prompted doctors to also use it to treat patients who have suffered from other physical injuries.
Now, are you ready to get into an exercise ball training program? Before you sign up for a class at the gym, it is best to consult your doctor. Only he or she will be able to tell you for certain that you do not have any physical problems that will impede you to try it out.
There are different levels of exercise ball training. First timers should start out slow and carefully so you do not over extend yourself. You can do this by sitting on the ball and doing a pelvic tilt moving the hips back and forth before going back to the neutral position. This should be 5 to 10 times on each set.
Next, you can do the same movement but instead of moving back and forth, you do this by slowly swaying from one side to the other. Again, this should be done 5 to 10 times in each set.
The third movement is by moving in a circular motion in one direction and then doing the same thing the opposite way. You can increase the tempo later on as you get better to add challenge to the exercise.
In essence, exercise ball training is about developing your core as you focus each time on a specific target. You will also get to have a great abs workout and maybe even develop a six pack as it forces the abs and the back to work overtime because these two muscles work together in order to promote proper body alignment.
Once you get the hang of things, you will soon have stronger muscles and endurance that will alleviate back pain and help with overall flexibility. You can then try out the other exercises that make up exercise ball training by taking a class at the gym or watching a DVD and doing this at home.
Now that you know what exercise ball training is, the only thing you have to do now is get the green light from your doctor so you can see what this can do for you.