Exercise balls

  1. I am currently trying to get a little fitter -
    I have bought an exercise ball - not so much for the exercise as to sit on it as l have been told it is very good for posture and your back - as you have to use your muscles continously to sit on them - I have bought a beginners tape to do some easy stretches - I wont do any floor exercises yet -

    Anyway question is does anyone else have one and what do you use it for --- any suggestions

    Cheers Tookie
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   Berta
    nope, I'd fall right off it.
  4. by   Ted
    Just saw the thread on "Exercise Balls" and had to read. . .

    Not what I thought it was all about. . .

    Must get mind out of gutter. . . :imbar

    Ted
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    We use em in labor/delivery for our moms. Some love em! But.....

    You can do stomach crunches and back extensions on them, that I know personally, having done them. Great for stengthening those muscles. I know the gym-quality balls come with booklets suggesting exercises to do; did yours not? If not, might want to ask a trainer or someone experienced with their use to help you make the most of yours. Good luck!!!
  6. by   Ted
    My wife's step father used the exercise ball after both knee replacements (he's in his 80's). He said at first it hurt a lot (his new knees) but that it helped him gain the function he now possess.

    He's 83 and still plays golf!

    (Of course, now that both his knees are replaced, he's noticing the aches and pains in his back! . . . But he still plays golf!)

    Ted
  7. by   karenG
    Originally posted by efiebke
    Just saw the thread on "Exercise Balls" and had to read. . .

    Not what I thought it was all about. . .

    Must get mind out of gutter. . . :imbar

    Ted
    :


    chuckle :chuckle

    maybe........just maybe that was my thought too but I am not admitting to anything here!!!!!!!!! :imbar

    Karen
  8. by   Cynthiann
    In the gym, a lot of people use it to do their dumbbell exercises and crunches. It really helps strengthen the core area since you have to really balance your body while doing the exercise. You can do just about any dumbbell exercise on them - shoulder presses, chest presses, etc..
  9. by   night owl
    Originally posted by efiebke
    Just saw the thread on "Exercise Balls" and had to read. . .

    Not what I thought it was all about. . .

    Must get mind out of gutter. . . :imbar

    Ted
    Now Ted, it specifically said, "exercise balls" not "exercise yer balls"...as my daughter would say..."Gahhhhd!"

    Only teasin' ya! :kiss
  10. by   Tookie
    I have got a video that l am using just thought l would ask if anyone has had experience -
    Once l fininsh the program l am currently doing l am thinking l may jion a class to learn more - Have noticed more pain in my back
    But that is most likely associted with the increase exercise and having gone to the remedial massuer yesterday may have also stirred it up as well !!

    Thank you for responses
    Tookie
  11. by   Tweety
    I love doing back bends on them at the gym. Keep my feet on the ground, bend over the ball with my hands over my head touching the ground. Feels great to hang out like that for a few minutes. But that's all I use them for.
  12. by   Tookie
    OK l am looking a long way down the track before l can do that sort of thing - I bought the ball to try and improve the back !
  13. by   NICU_Nurse
    Actually, we own one of these and use it frequently. In fact, Mr. and I are known to occasionally take a flying leap through the bedroom door and use it as a springboard during intimate activities. You should try this.
    Last edit by NICU_Nurse on Aug 18, '03
  14. by   Brownms46
    I have one that I use for crunches. For me it makes it easier, and helps my coordination, and strength in my legs. I also use it for leg lifts. I think it's a great tool...and was very cheap!

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