Balance Ball Exercises: The ball is a quintessential part of pilates equipment. It’s also called an Exercise Ball, a Fit Ball and a Stability Ball. Balancing on top of it (either sitting on your feet, kneeling or standing) is only one part of an exercise regime that can be done using this incredible simple piece of equipment. Doing these exercises, because you become “unstable”, you’ll find you need to recruit many core muscles that are required for balance.
There are 3 sizes when you come to acquiring a ball – 55cm, 65cm, and 75cm. General speaking, for the following exercises, we use the medium, 65cm size. Leave the small size alone and use the larger size if you are very tall.
What are the benefits of using a ball?
Flexibility: This has to be one of the best stretches for your hips – including psoas muscle, ITB, hamstrings, quads and lower back.
Lie over the ball on your right side.
Try to get the right elbow on to the floor and drop you head.
Bend the top leg and place the left hand on the floor if you feel a little unsteady, otherwise put it overhead.