The ball to do yoga, also known as stability ball, or exercise ball or balance, is a tool used for the practice of yoga as well as for other types of exercise. It is an inflated rubber ball that you can use to add balance, weight or support in a variety of exercises. Simply sitting or bouncing on the ball can help you achieve your goal of losing weight, while doing more intense exercises involving the ball can help you definitively boost your weight reduction.
Burn calories while sitting
Simply sitting on the ball gives your muscles a bit of exercise, because your core muscles work to keep your body in balance. A study published in June 2008 in the "European Journal of Applied Physiology" found that sitting on the stability ball burned about 4 calories per hour or what is the same 6% more than when you sit in a conventional desk chair. During the day, sitting on a ball can help you burn a significant amount of calories.
Bouncing to lose
To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume, which you can achieve through a combination of diet and exercise. A moderate or intense level of physical activity can help you burn calories and lose weight, so bouncing on the ball at that level of intensity can help you achieve your goals. Most likely you need to do more activities besides bouncing on an exercise ball to lose weight, but you can make it a part of your exercise routine. Also if you bounce instead of just sitting, you will intensify your total level of physical activity.
There are other exercises you can do with a yoga ball that can help you achieve a moderate or intense level of activity even greater than just bouncing on it. Add exercises with the ball to a moderate exercise routine can improve its intensity, because the ball forces you to maintain balance and thus strengthens the muscles in the abdominal area, as well as in the chest and back. Strengthening the core muscles will help you burn more calories to lose weight. The magazine "Fitness" recommends exercises such as chin-ups, squats and frog jumps with the exercise ball. Other benefits of the ball include an improvement in the sense of balance, support for the back, improved posture and help in stretching exercises.
The American Council on Exercise indicates that the size of the yoga ball you choose is very important.You need to choose a ball suitable for the size of your body. In addition, a larger ball produces a less intense exercise, which is recommended for beginners or seniors. The air pressure inside the ball is another important factor. When the ball has less air, exercise will become easier; when you add air the ball becomes stiffer, and you will intensify any exercise you do with it.