Exercise balls can be a lot of fun and their uses are endless. I have two different exercise balls at home; one is smaller and silver, the other is larger and gold. Over the years I have found many different ways of using them besides the obvious. Some like to use them as an alternative for seating, some are boring and use them for exercise only. Here are my top 5 favorite reasons to have an exercise ball.
Sitting; while engaging the core muscles can help with your balance, improved posture, as well as improving the sense of where your body is in space.
Working out: you can get some intense work outs! I have a DVD I like to use at home that came with my silver ball. The good DVD’s will also show modifications while using the balls just in case you have some injury preventing you from doing certain exercises (i.e. if you have knee or hip implants).
Stretching: you can go as in-depth as you want with the ball. I’ve been able to do palate poses with my ball that I couldn’t do on my own. Bonus points if you give yourself mini stretching breaks while at work.
Self-care; pre-boyfriend era, I would sometimes just sit on the floor and rest my upper body on the ball. The simple act of embracing an object (large enough to be a person) helps with emotional and mental fatigue. I found this to be way more effective than the boyfriend pillow.
Entertainment: sitting while watching TV, playing video games (I like to bounce on mine while waiting for screens to load), increases my sense of play. I like to sit and bounce on my large golden exercise ball and pretend that it’s a bumble bee butt…that’s just me though ☺
Jennifer Roldan LMP