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Swiss Ball Exercise Sensation

If a Swiss ball exercise could save you money, multiply the benefit of every minute you spent exercising, and put a fresh zing into your workouts ... how interested would you be in learning more?

Amazing the things you can find out simply by picking the brains of former fatties who transformed into exercise and motivational heroes.

Silly question, isn't it? And yet when you mention 'swiss ball' to most people, they raise their eyebrows and look at you kind of funny.

Fact is, if you haven't experienced a workout using a Swiss ball - which is just a trendy name for a fitness ball - you don't know what you're missing.

There's a reason it has become so popular and it's not just a fad. The Swiss ball has been used for many years in physical therapy. Quite apart from the fitness benefits, it's actually recommended by many physical therapists as a way to help you relieve back pain.

The effectiveness of the Swiss ball is due to something so simple it's laughable - it's round. That creates instability which in turns forces your body's core muscles into play.

Here's one way to look at it. When you do a crunch on the floor, your upper abs muscles are working. When you do it on the Swiss ball, your core muscles - which consist of all the muscles in your abs area, muscles in your back, your pelvic area and hips - are working to help keep you on the ball.

You just did your crunch, but because more muscles were used, you actually increased the value of your exercise. So you can actually do fewer repetitions and get more benefit.

Swiss Ball Exercise is Never Boring

And that's just the beginning. There are so many exercises you can do on the Swiss ball that you'll never get bored.

Try some pushups, not only with your feet on the ball and your arms on the floor, but the other way around - with your feet on the floor and your hands on the ball. Spreading your feet apart gives you more stability and bringing them closer together makes the exercise tougher.

Do a few pushups with your feet close together and your hands on the ball and your arms will scream for mercy!

You can also do some dumbbell training on the Swiss ball. Once again, since you are bringing those core muscles into play, you get a good body core workout as well.

Swiss Ball Exercise in Balance

It takes a little practise to get used to the ball. It's probably best to start by sitting on it and just getting a feel for it. Roll it back and forth, side to side.

When you first start working out on the ball it's not a bad idea to have someone to help you stay on. And definitely don't begin using weights of any size until you are comfortable and have been exercising on the ball for some time.

I urge you to give it a try. Swiss balls are one of the cheapest exercise equipment around, and by including the Swiss ball into your exercise routine you will see and feel a remarkable difference!

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