Tip-a-licious Thursday

I recently read a great article regarding exercise balls and thought to myself, why don't I use mine? I've had mine for quite some time and have occasionally used it. After reading this article I aired my ball up and started using it while at my computer, read on and you'll understand why.

1. Forces proper spine alignment. Because an exercise ball is not stable, your body needs to try to balance itself on it. The perfect spinal posture is coincidentally the easiest to balance with. Thus, your body will automatically try to align itself into the proper posture. This helps improve your spinal health, and decrease back pains.

2. Causes you to frequently change positions. An exercise ball causes to you to change your position often to balance. For example, if you turn 45 degrees to face the phone, your body will assume a new position. This helps reduce damage caused by prolonged sitting in the same position.

3. Fitness is at your fingertips. Another great thing about using this alternative to a chair, is that you can do stretches or mini-workouts whenever you want, without getting up. If you’re ever stuck waiting for a minute or two, you can make productive use of that time with a quick workout or stretch. Because it’s much more convenient, you will probably do it more, thus resulting in better health.

4. Improve your balance. Sitting on an unstable surface all day will improve your sense of balance, as well as the reactions of your muscles.

5. Get that 6-pack you’ve been wanting. Okay maybe not an actual six pack but you will get an abdominal workout. Your body primarily uses your core (abdominal) muscles to help compensate for changes in balance. Consider the amount of time you spend on your computer at the office, or at home. Those hours can build up, and result in a strengthening of ab muscles.

6. Improves your circulation. Using an exercise ball will keep the blood flowing to all parts of your body, throughout the day.

7. You’ll feel more energetic. It has been proven that staying in one position, will make you more tired, while moving around and being active with give you more energy. With an exercise ball as a chair, you will feel much more energized after you finish your work.

8. Burn up to 350 calories per day. More movement during the day = more calories burnt. Burning 350 calories per day = losing one pound of fat every 10 days. You may not burn quite 350, but nonetheless, it will help you stay fit.

9. Really cheap. You can purchase one at Target, Walmart, any other store that carries fitness equipment. Just be sure to get the right size for your height.

55 cm - 4'11" - 5'4"

65 cm - 5'5" - 5'11"

75 cm - 6'0" - 6' 7"

10. It's fun! Who doesn’t like bouncing around like a kid?! Exercise balls are an fun alternative to sitting in a chair.

Need exercises to do on your ball? Click here.


The 4-Crows Blog said...

Oh, I need to get one! I love working out w/ one but where would I put one in my home, I guess i could use it at the computer also! Thanks!

Virginia said...

Yeah, they do take up space but just think of all the benefits! :)
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