Abs crunches with a fitness ball is only one side of the equation. To effectively tone the abs, you need a combination of cardiovascular exercises, eating healthy and strength exercises. Fitness experts recommend doing cardio workout first before doing ab crunches with a fitness ball because this more effectively burns fat than crunches alone. In order to tone muscles, there needs to be muscles first! Burn energy first by running or brisk walking, then move on to the crunches with the fitness ball. This should also be paired with a healthy diet—just because you’re exercising doesn’t give you the license to binge on unhealthy food. It doesn’t work that way!
The benefit of using a fitness ball when doing abs crunches is that it offers more intensity. Doing it with a fitness ball also offers much more variety, letting you target the lower, upper, and side portion of the abs. For a beginner, it is recommended to perform 2-3 sets of 10-16 repetitions per day, to be done 4-5 times a week for about 15-20 minutes each session.
A good basic exercise using the fitness ball is the following:
1. With your legs about hip width apart and at a 90 degree angle from the floor, lie on the fitness ball.
2. Cross your arms over your chest or you can also put your hands behind your head.
3. Gently pull your upper body up, until you can feel resistance in your abs. Hold the position for 3 seconds.
4. Bring the upper body gently down. Repeat about 10-16 times, for 2-3 sets.
Make sure to invest in a high quality fitness ball. It should be the right size for your frame and you should be able to lie on it with your legs at a 90 degree angle. It should also have anti burst properties to prevent injury. Remember to keep your ball fully inflated with every use.