Great intro - i've been using my balance ball for years and am a fanatic! I'm always on the lookout for a new routine and will be sure to check out the other sparkpeople.com workouts! Thanks Coach Nicole! DC
I was totally amazed when my daughter used the Stability Ball when she went into labor and while at the hospital. Even the doctor couldn't tell she was in labor without checking with the nurse who was checking her vitals. I sure wish I'd known about the SB when I was having my children.
I had to deflate mine since we down-sized homes as they take up a lot of space and re-inflating them every time is toooo much trouble which is too bad because they are helpful.
BTW I used to teach Lamaze classes and using them in class for alleviating back pain strategies during pregnancy and during LABOR was always a part of class. Sitting on them during labor opens the pelvis which makes more room for the baby to move down while providing counter-pressure on the spreading pelvic bones. This is evidence-based. Leaning over it either on a chair, bed, or on the floor also eases back pain/back labor and helps the baby rotate to an optimal position. I know, this is TMI but if there are any pregnant moms out there, it can be quite helpful. I was also a doula! Deena
6/13/2014 3:57:48 AM
SANDI, I'm well over the amount that she said and I have been using my ball every week for about the past year and love it, at no time did I feel as if my particular ball was going to pop, I believe I purchased it in a kit at Barnes and noble, the same kit I think is at Target as well and I have the ball recommended for 5'7-6'0 tall. :) It took some getting use to balancing but I would just recommend that you go slowly and just try sitting on it lightly at first to get a feel for the ball and how to balance on it... Stability ball exercise have grown to be my favorite exercises of all... once you get your balance down I recommend trying crunches and squats using the ball, its great for those. ^_^ I hope my comment has helped you feel a little more comfortable about giving it a try.
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