What are exercise balls and how do they help?

These are large balls which are durable and flexible and designed to be puncture resistant. They can help improve your balance, stability, posture, and strength.

Whether you're actively exercising or simply sitting on the ball, your body engages various muscle groups, particularly strengthening your back muscles and core, crucial for providing support to your spine. A strong core can ease back pain and improve posture, leading to a healthier spine.
Furthermore, using exercise balls can enhance flexibility, coordination, and overall body awareness. These benefits are crucial for maintaining proper body mechanics, which is essential for preventing injuries and reducing strain on your spine.

Can anyone use them?
Exercise balls are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. If you suffer from back pain, poor posture, or spinal issues, incorporating ball exercises into your routine may help ease discomfort and promote healing.
Additionally, people looking to enhance their fitness regimen, office workers seeking relief from sitting all day, or people who just want to improve their balance and stability, can benefit from using an exercise ball.
Moreover, exercise balls can aid exercise during pregnancy by easing the uneven distribution of weight. They can also help during labour by providing support for various positions, assisting gentle movements, and more.

How do you use them correctly?
Using exercise balls correctly is essential to maximise their benefits and avoid injuries. Here are some guidelines to follow:

  • Right size: Select a ball that matches your height. When sitting on it, your feet should rest flat on the ground, and your thighs should be parallel to the floor.
  • Good posture: Ensure proper posture while exercising on the ball. Engage your core muscles and keep your spine in a neutral position to prevent strain.
  • Start slowly: If you’re new to using exercise balls, start with basic movements and gradually progress to more challenging exercises as your strength and balance improve.
  • Variety: Explore a variety of exercises to target various muscle groups, ensuring engaging workouts and a comprehensive strengthening routine.
  • Seek guidance: If you're unsure about the right techniques, we can guide you through exercises tailored to your needs and ensure you perform them correctly.

In summary, using an exercise ball provides versatile benefits for a healthy body and lifestyle. Consult your chiropractor to ensure it's suitable for you.

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What are exercise balls and how do they help?