Sunday, July 19, 2009

Exercise Tips: The Swiss Ball

What is a Swiss ball?
Swiss balls are large, heavy-duty inflatable balls with a diameter of 45 to 75 cm (18 to 30 inches). 

The Swiss Ball is versatile and inexpensive piece of exercise equipment that you can use to get a full body workout while improving your balance, posture, strength, and so much more––it is unique because it works multiple muscles at one time while forcing your body to balance itself.  It can be used during your weight training and flexibility parts of your exercise program–at home or in a fitness facility. It is great for beginners, advanced exercisers, athletes, and rehab patients.  

Benefits of the Swiss Ball
  1. Improve Posture
  2. Improves Balance and Stability
  3. Improve Flexibility 
  4. Nervous System Activation 
  5. Strengthen Core and Extremities 
  6. Effective Rehabilitation Tool
  7. Great Addition to Athletes Training Program 

Where did they come from?
"The Swiss ball was used as early as the 1960s. It originally was used by physical therapists and chiropractors in Switzerland to assist with rehabilitation and became known as the Swiss Ball.

Through seminars and classes the Swiss Ball was introduced into the USA in the early 1980’s. But, the Swiss Ball is far more versatile and valuable than simply for re-hab use. In the late 1980’s coaches, athletic trainers and personal trainers realized the effectiveness of the Swiss Ball in developing balance and core strength. Since then they are reported as being the most effective method for core conditioning". Background information from
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