Call it a fitness ball, Swiss ball, physio ball, stability ball, yoga ball or whatever you like. These babies are just what you need for a killer workout or even a good session with your doctor (Yes, your doctor!). You can use them for Yoga, Pilates, stretching, ab work and even weight work. Professionals in the medical field use them all the time for stuff ranging from physiotherapy to birth labor exercises.
Whatever your calling may be, here are the things you need to keep in mind next time you go out to pick a yoga ball for yourself.
Your ball needs just enough air in it. Too much air and you run the risk of bursting the bubble as soon as you go bouncing on it. Too little air and you won’t go bouncing at all. So how do you make sure you have just enough inflation? Here’s how.
Read the diameter of the ball off its box and mark it as a height on the wall. Get a nice pump and inflate the ball until it gets to the mark. When you sit on it, you should sink for around 2-3 inches. However, you can reduce the inflation from this point to increase the stability of the ball depending on the use.
2. Your height
I am a big fan of the phrase, “Size doesn’t matter, ” but I’m afraid that doesn’t apply here ladies and gentlemen. Your ball must be compatible with your height. The taller you are, the larger your ball diameter should be.
Experts say that you need a 55 cm diameter for a 4’11” tall person, a 65 cm for a 5’4”, and 75 cm for a 5’11”. However, this is the assumption that your height is proportional to your weight. In case it’s not, fear not. We’re covering that next.
3. Your weight
So you found the right diameter for your height, but the ball just doesn’t feel right when you sit on it. That’s probably because the height rule doesn’t apply to you. If your height-weight proportion is off, you’ll either sink in too far into the ball or the ball won’t give in much.
But not to worry, this is where you need to get down and dirty.
Sit on the ball and see if your thighs are parallel to the floor. Your knees should make a ninety-degree angle, and your ears, shoulders, and pelvis should fall in a line that’s perpendicular to the floor. Keep fishing until you find the ball that fits the bill.
Now, I know what you’re probably thinking, so before you decide to pull out that revolver and execute me, give me a second to explain. World renowned psychologist asserts that color has a big effect on your moods. Fitness enthusiasts confirm that your mood highly affects the quality of your workout. So it’s pretty simple: color is an important ingredient to consider.
With that said, go for bright colored balls as they will brighten up your mood as opposed to dark and duller ones.
Well, that was it – the top 4 things to consider when buying a Yoga ball (or whatever you want to call it). So what are you waiting for? Get yours today and enjoy!