Swiss Ball Exercises

Swiss balls have become more and more popular as a safe, fun and effective way to exercise. You might have also seen Swiss balls in yoga studios, gyms and even school fitness or sports programs. There are almost unlimited uses and exercises that can be done with a Swiss ball and even better they are long lasting and relatively cheap.

Where do Swiss Balls Come From

To state the obvious, these originated in Switzerland and were used by physical therapists and chiropractors as early as the 60′s. It was used for rehabilitation early on and eventually made its way to the United States around the 80′s. Since then, physical exercises, training and a wide range of uses other than just rehabilitation have been developed.

Why use a Swiss Ball

The wide variety of exercises available is one of the number one reasons people use Swiss Balls. Not only are they relatively affordable, but they can easily be used at home as well as in settings like your doctor’s office, exercise facility or chiropractor. Benefits range from rehabilitation after sports injuries or other aggravations all the way to strength training, balance and flexibility.

Other names for a Swiss Ball

These are also referred to in some places by different names and a variety of manufactures make similar products to the original Swiss ball. In general they are all flexible, inflated balls from 15-30 inches in diameter.

  • yoga ball
  • balance ball
  • sports ball
  • pilates ball
  • birth ball

Exercises and Stretches Using Swiss Balls

Check out some free Swiss Ball Exercises online or other ways to use this in the video below.


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