One reason that everyone would want to work with a medicine ball to lose weight is that it really works to help you lose weight. The use of a ball in exercises helps in actually getting rid of the fat stored around your body. The medicine balls are paralleled to full body exercises and give out good results to those who practice them. They not only help you get slimmer, they are also a great help in maintaining a balance in your body organs and not allowing them to create problems for you at a very tender age.
What Is A Medicine Ball?
It is an exercising equipment that serves the same purpose as that of dumbbells and other weight loss equipment. The only thing different about them is that they are designed to be thrown around; they are easily portable unlike heavy weight lifts and dumbbells. Dumbbells and other such equipment cannot be thrown like these medicine balls because the former would get damaged very easily. These balls come in differing sizes and shapes as well as different weights which have handles that allow the exercise to be carried out very easily.
How Can The Exercises With A Medicine Ball Help Me?
The medicine ball is often used for shoulder and core exercises which are part of the stability training. These exercises are particularly helpful in making sure that you have strong abs and a strong lower back as well. The medical ball exercises also ensure flexibility of your muscles because they entail movements of your body all around and the stabilizers move along together as well, thereby improving the functional strength of your body; the ability to involve your entire body into the exercise rather than just focusing on one particular movement and one particular muscle of the body.
The most vital aspect of medicine balls is, perhaps, the fact that they accelerate multi-planar movements. These movements provide for a rehearsing ground for athletes who get to practice the particular movements that are expected of them while they are on their respective pavilions.
Through the use of medicine balls they do not repeatedly do the same movements again and again; rather they focus on the movement of each and every muscle of the body so as to ensure variety in the exercises and also to make the body efficient in working overall.
Some recommended medicine ball exercises are:
The Wood Chopper
This involves moving the hands from the top to in between your legs which are opened at a shoulder length of a width, just as if you were throwing a ball behind you. Make sure you keep your hands a little bent at all times in order to reduce chances of injuries.
The Medicine Ball Slams
In this exercise you stand with your legs apart and your knees bent slightly and then you stretch forward and exert maximum pressure to ‘slam’ the ball down on the ground. This helps in relinquishing your abdominal muscles.
In this you move the ball all around your body, starting with the top above your head; hence moving in circles. It helps in building of muscles of the abdomen, shoulders and the muscles of the oblique.
The following video will help you get an idea of the mentioned exercises -
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