Need to put more fun back into your exercise routine? Include one (or more) of these beginner exercise ball workouts into your daily training.
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If you hate boring exercises, worse still, hate having to repeat them day after day, there’s one exercise equipment that is beloved for its versatility and fun. The exercise ball.
Not only is it a great exercise tool but it’s definitely the way to play while working out.
Which Exercise Ball Is Best for You?
Exercise balls, also known as yoga balls or Pilates balls, come in a variety of sizes.
The smaller ones can be used for toning more specific body areas, while the larger ones are used to help improve stability and inner core strength and work with the larger muscle areas.
Exercise balls come in a variety of sizes, so be sure to ask for help when you go out and purchase one for yourself. Note:they are sized in centimeters not inches.
But what if you don’t feel comfortable with a full size ball?
Try a half ball called a Bosu Ball. It still works the core muscles but it allows you more stability.
I like it because it challenges my balance–which can be a bit iffy at times.
Best part of using the Bosu is that you can do most of the same exercises as you would do with the exercise ball, and you can even turn it over and use it for a more intensive balance and core strengthening workout.
Bottom line, if you haven’t tried either the exercise ball or the Bosu ball yet, you need to.
Sample Exercise Ball Workouts
Need more inspiration? Check out these helpful beginner exercise ball videos to help you get started today:
How to Use an Exercise Ball – Boot Camp Workout (Video)
Easy Total Body Workout with Exercise Ball (Video)
10-Min Beginner Workout – Top 9 Stability Ball Exercises (Video)
How to Use a Bosu Ball (Video)
More Fitness Options with Balls
You don’t have to be stuck on just the exercise ball to get fit. In fact, there are so many different types of sports balls that can also be used to help get you back into shape and lose weight at the same time.
And, did I mention, all are fun to play with, too!
I’m sure you’ve heard of these:
1. Medicine Ball
2. Soccer Ball
6. Tennis Ball
7. Bowling Ball
8. Ping Pong Ball
9. Squash Ball
10. Racquet Ball
11. Cricket Ball
12. Golf Ball
13. Beach Ball
17. Lacrosse Ball
18. Bocce Ball
19. Croquet Ball
20. Rugby Ball
21. Field Hockey Ball
22. Lawn Bowling Ball
23. Polo (Arena) Ball
26. Tee Ball
28. Wiffle Ball
29. Scoop Ball
30. Water Polo Ball
31. Velcro Ball
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