The Top Benefits of Exercise Balls

Looking to spice up your workout? The exercise ball is a great place to start. They are in practically every gym and are a great, inexpensive piece of equipment to have at home as well.

In 1963 the exercise ball was created by Italian plastics manufacturer Aquilino Cosani. Initially, they were called Pezzi balls and used in treatment programs for newborns and infants.1

Reap the top health benefits of using an exercise ball

Exercise balls have seen their popularity increase over the years and are currently used in a variety of ways, ranging from physical therapy in a clinical setting to athletic training. There may be confusion as to what an exercise ball is, but it has a variety of names:

  • Yoga ball
  • Stability ball
  • Balance ball
  • Physio ball
  • Swedish ball

Benefits of Using an Exercise Ball

Exercise balls have gained popularity among fitness activists for a variety of reasons:

More muscles used. When exercising on a resistance ball as opposed to a flat surface, more muscles are used to keep the body balanced. As a result, these muscles become stronger over time.

Decrease back pain. A study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research concluded that the use of a stability ball could improve posture and might benefit individuals who spend a lot of time sitting or who are prone to back pain.2

Strengthen the core. The muscles in the core are used for most daily activities such as reaching and lifting. A strong core is essential for athletes and can help improve sports performance as well as help protect against injury in everyday living.

Top Stability Ball Exercises

An exercise ball can be used in a variety of ways. Here is a full body stability ball workout routine that can be performed with or without weight:

Exercise Ball Chest Exercises

Stability Ball Pushups

Stability ball pushups with hands on the ball and feet on the floor

  • Can be done with hands on the ball or with feet on the ball and hands on the floor
  • Push yourself up by extending your arms and slowly lower
  • Inhale when lowering body and exhale when pushing body up
  • Perform 2 sets of 10-20 reps

Stability ball pushups with feet on the ball and hands on the floor

Stability Ball Back Exercises

Stability Ball Back Extension

  • Lie on stability ball with your hands behind your head.
  • Squeeze your glutes and lift your torso up until your body forms a straight line.
  • Repeat.
  • Perform 2 sets 10-15 reps

Build strength & stability in the lower back and glutes with stability ball back extension

Stability Ball Reverse Hyperextension

  • Lie on the exercise ball legs down and extended
  • Keeping legs extended, slowly raise legs
  • Pause briefly
  • Lower slowly
  • Inhale while lowering legs, exhale when raising
  • Perform 2 sets 10-15 reps

Reverse hyperextension with stability ball with proper form and technique

Exercise Ball Shoulder Exercises

Note: these exercises can be done with or without light weights.

Rear Deltoid Raise

  • Lie on exercise ball with back and legs extended
  • Keeping arms bent, raise upper arms until parallel to the floor
  • Pause
  • Slowly Lower
  • Repeat
  • Exhale when bringing arms up and exhale when lower
  • Perform 2 sets 10-15 reps

Real deltoid raise exercise with or without weights

Side Deltoid Raise

  • Lie on your left side on the exercise ball
  • Place left arm on ball for stability with legs extended
  • With right arm extended, slowly raise until arm is pointed towards ceiling
  • Repeat
  • Exhale as arm is extended, inhale when lowering
  • Perform 2 sets 10-15 reps

Side deltoid raise workout with or without weights

Stability Ball Core Exercises

Stability Ball V-Pass

Stability ball V-pass core exercises

  • Lie face up on the floor, arms extended, holding stability ball with both hands
  • With legs extended, lift arms and legs off the ground at the same time and place ball between your feet
  • Squeeze the ball with your legs and lower arms and legs simultaneously
  • Raise arms and legs simultaneously and grab ball with hands and lower
  • Repeat
  • Perform 15-30 reps

Stability Ball Knee Tuck

Stability ball knee tuck workout

  • Start in pushup position with legs resting on stability ball
  • Tighten abs and bring knees close to chest
  • Hold for 2 seconds
  • Extend legs
  • Repeat
  • Exhale as you bring legs close, inhale as legs are extended
  • Perform 10-20 reps
Stability Ball Leg Exercises

Wall Squats with my Stability Ball

Wall squats with the stability ball

  • Place the ball between the wall and your lower back, feet out slightly
  • Slowly lower your body toward the floor in a squat position as you continuously push back into the ball
  • Repeat
  • Inhale as lower, exhale as you rise to standing position
  • Perform 2 sets 10-15 reps

Exercise ball wall squats for legs

Lying Hamstring Curl

Lying hamstring curl on exercise ball

  • Lay flat on your back with exercise ball under your feet
  • Dig heels into the ball and extend arms into floor for support
  • Roll ball towards body slowly, keeping hips as still as possible
  • Slowly extend legs to straight position
  • Repeat
  • Inhale as legs are pulled in, exhale as legs are straightened
  • Perform 2 sets 10-15 reps

The stability ball is a great way to add variety to a workout and can be done at a gym or in the comfort of home.



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