Balance Balls

You’ve seen it at the gym: a row of fitness balls lined up against the mirrored wall. So what’s up with those big, springy things? Are they just for sitting on and bouncing? Not quite. Balance Balls are great for gaining strength, improving balance, and upping cardio endurance. By rocking basic workout moves—like planks, squats, sit-ups and push-ups—on an unstable surface, you’re working extra hard to maintain your balance (and so are your muscles).

In addition to amping up your workout, stability balls can also do the trick when you’re recovering from an injury. Known for their gentle support, Balance Balls help to reduce spinal strain and muscle strain when performing certain physical therapy movements, protecting injured areas and easing the body into progress—and ultimately, recovery. Easy does it, tiger.

It’s important to know which size of exercise ball you need in order to get the most out of your moves. At Gaiam, we’ve covered the bases, offering 45 cm, 55 cm, 65 cm, and 75 cm Balance Ball sizes. When looking for the ball that best suits your body, a good way to find the right fit: While seated on the ball with your feet flat on the floor, be sure your knees and hips are at right angles.

Now, which ball is for you? Need a yoga ball for your home practice? We’ve got you covered. Want to up your game with an exercise ball and DVD combo? Our Total Body Balance Ball Kit will do just the thing. Featuring a full-length workout from leading fitness instructor Tanja Djelevic, this kit brings you the low-impact, challenging Pilates ball workout you’ve been looking for. Looking for a stability ball for the office? Our 65 cm Balance Ball doubles as a great alternative to your office chair. Ready to try something different? Our asymmetrical, peanut-shaped fitness ball was designed for quicker results to flatten and tone your core. And we haven’t forgotten the kiddos: We offer several mini-me options, including the classic Kids 45 cm Balance Ball, the Stay-N-Play Ball, and the Peanut Ball, to give kiddos the same bouncy fun you’re giving yourself.