The versatile and fun stability ball offers a host of health and exercise benefits for people of all ages, body types, and physical conditions. From strengthening the back while sitting on one to rigorous and intense full-body workouts, the whole family can enjoy stability ball exercises in the comfort of your home.
Stability balls, thanks to the effort it naturally takes to stabilize yourself while using it, help strengthen your core muscles and improve your balance. While traditional exercises tend to work a few select muscles at a time, stability ball exercises tend to involve a wide range of muscles including small or less frequently used muscles. The result is well-rounded fitness and a plethora of exercise possibilities.
It’s important to remember that stability balls are not toys and everyone should take a moment to learn about proper uses and potential health benefits of various stability ball exercises.
Stability Ball Exercises for Adults
Adults and teenagers can use the ball to stretch out, work on balance, lessen the load of certain workouts, and to ensure that a variety of muscles get worked out. Some very popular and healthy stability ball exercises include:
- Stomach crunches
Stability Ball Exercises for Seniors
Elderly people can easily use an exercise ball to avoid dangerous free weights and to modify traditional exercises. You can use the ball as a lightweight medicine ball for arm and core exercises, or as an overhead weight while doing squats. You can also try hip circles: sit on the ball and gyrate the hips to strengthen the hip flexors, an important part of mobility for seniors.
Children’s Exercises on the Stability Ball
One simple move is to have the child lay on their stomach on the ball and extend arms and legs out. They can have fun pretending that they are flying while actually improving their spinal health and core muscles. Crawling with the stability ball, with your feet and shins against the ball and hands on the floor, also makes a fun and healthy game for children.