Buyer's Guide to Fitballs
Thanks to the great variety of exercises that fitballs can offer, the benefits reported are also varied and important for fitness and health:
- · They offer a very complete training session at a low cost.
- · Revitalize all the parts of the body.
- · Integrate the core in dynamic cardiovascular and abdominal stabilization workouts.
- · Improve balance, coordination and proprioception.
- · Correct bad posture and contribute to adopting correct posture.
- · This is one of the best options for doing low impact exercise.
- · It tones and stretches the body by means of new exercises.
- · You gain more strength and control over the active muscle groups.
- · Exercise can be complemented with benches, dumbbells, medicine balls, etc.
Besides being good for Yoga, Pilates or Functional Training, working out with fitballs is specially indicated for those persons with lower back and cervical problems, and even to prepare for giving birth. Fitballs are already used in numerous offices as an alternative to the traditional seat, because they prevent back problems and help to keep a correct posture during the time you remain seated.
Size of the Fit ball
When purchasing a fit ball, the main thing you have to bear in mind is its size, which may be 55, 65 or 75 cm, and the right size for you will depend on your stature:
· If you are between 1.50 and 1.63 metres tall: Choose a 55 cm fit ball.
· If you are between 1.63 and 1.80 metres tall: Choose a 65 cm fit ball.
· If you are between 1.80 and 2.00 metres tall: Choose a 75 cm fit ball.
It is more effective when you are seated and your thighs are parallel to the floor, i.e. when you bend your legs you form a 90º angle. Besides choosing a fit ball of a suitable size, you have to check regularly that it has enough air inside it, as otherwise it will reduce the efficiency of the training session.
Fitballs are manufactured from synthetic material, which makes this a durable and very resistant accessory for any kind of exercise or workout.