Medicine ball (med ball) is a weighted ball that can be held to do different exercises. Though it comes in a variety of sizes, the most commonly used is as approximately as big as a basketball; and weight ranging from one to fifty pounds; mostly covered in vinyl or leather.
You may think that medicine ball is new to the fitness world, but it has actually been around longer than you think. In fact, it is considered the oldest exercise equipment. The Greek physician, Hippocrates is said to have stuffed animal skins for patients to toss for medicinal purposes. It is also known to be used by Persian Wrestlers in training, thousands of years ago.
Benefits of Using a Medicine Ball
The Medicine ball is versatile; often used for rehabilitation and strength training. Often used by athletes as it can strengthen many parts of your body. So depending on the way you use it, you can offer a full body workout.
Although the medicine ball isn’t widely used, it is a good alternative to other exercise equipment because it puts less pressure on your wrist. And it’s also easier to carry around and more convenient than heavier weights.
Medicine Ball Exercises
So whether you are into core training or just want to lose weight, you might want to try these medicine ball exercises!