A primary benefit of exercising with an exercise ball as opposed to exercising directly on a hard flat surface is that the body responds to the instability of the ball to remain balanced, engaging many more . Those muscles become stronger over time to keep balance. Most frequently, the core body muscles — the and — are the focus of exercise ball programs.
A major benefit of using an unstable surface is the ability to recruit more muscle units without the need to increase the total load. The greatest benefit of moving an exercise onto an unstable surface is achieving a greater activation of the core musculature, exercises such as curl-up or push-up performed on an exercise ball. An unstable surface increases activation of the rectus abdominus and allows for greater activity per exercise when compared to a stable surface. Exercises such as a curl-up on an exercise ball yields a greater amount of electromyography (EMG) activity compared to exercises on a stable platform. Performing standard exercises, such as a push-up, on an unstable surface can be used to increase activation of core trunk stabilizers and in turn provide increased trunk strength and greater resistance to injury.
The TheraBand Standard Exercise Balls are inflatable balls used to strengthen muscles to improve posture and help prevent back pain. Each exercise ball comes with two plugs and an inflation adapter, along with the TheraBand Exercise Ball Guide Poster detailing 24 exercises. Five sizes are provided to allow for user height variations.
Plank on an exercise ball is SUCH a good one..I’m always shaking towards the end. Though I belong to a gym there are several days, usually in the winter, when I just don’t want to leave my apartment, so I’ve slowly created a mini home gym…I have an exercise ball and two sets of dumbbells. All I need now is a yoga mat and I may never have to leave!
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