O.k., so you see them everywhere! Balance balls, balance boards, balance cushions, balance bikes are appearing everywhere left and right. Why are they so great? Did you know that doing the same exercise on a balance device makes you even stronger? Research tells us that balance boards and balance balls engage more muscle fibers in the body. For example, the lower back muscles use 42%-70% more exertion when on a balance device. Now, how about those abs? They say that 22%-34% more exertion takes place when on a balance board or ball. Quads get a whopping 61%-84% more exertion, calves about 17%-51% more compared to exercises done without those balancing devices.
Why didn't we know this years ago?