How To Find The Right Exercise Ball

& Where You Can Find One At A Reasonable Price

It’s quite easy to choose the exercise ball that’s right for you … if you use the following guidelines.

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The Right Size For Your Height

Generally speaking, your knees and hips should be bent at a 90 degree angle when sitting on the correct sized ball. In other words, your thighs should be parallel to the floor. It’s also ok to have your knees slightly below your hip level.

Fitness ball manufacturers typically recommend the following sizes for your height range. The ball size refers to the height of the ball when blown up to its maximum capacity.

Your Height Range Ball Size
less than 4’ 6” 30 cm (12 inches)
between 4’ 6” to 5’ 45 cm (18 inches)
from 5’ to 5’ 5” 55 cm (22 inches)
between 5’ 6” and 6’ 2” 65 cm (26 inches)
from 6’ 2” to 6’ 8” 75 cm (30 inches)
over 6’ 9” 85 cm (34 inches)

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How To Determine The Right Size For You

Let’s assume that your height is in the 5’ to 5’ 5” range. To test if a 55 cm ball is right for you, sit on a stool or something sturdy where you can sit with your knees and hips bent at a 90 degree angle. Then …

  • Measure the height of the stool.
  • Then add on roughly 5 or 6 cm.
  • If the height then is around 55 cm, you’re likely to be alright with the 55 cm ball.

(The reason for adding 5 or 6 cm is to make up for the ball squashing when you sit on it.)

If Your Height Is Near The Range Limit …

… you may find it difficult to determine the correct size. In that case, you could do two things:

  • Go to your local gym and try sitting on different sized balls.
  • Just get the next bigger sized ball. After all, you can always under-inflate the bigger ball slightly to suit your height.

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Some Exceptions

The above size guidelines suit most people. But if you’re blessed with long legs for your height, you may need a bigger ball than recommended.

Also if you’re going to use the ball mainly for stretching and yoga, a bigger ball may suit you better.

Other Important Features To Look For

  • For your safety, look for the “anti burst” or “burst resistant” feature. What that means is, when it’s accidentally punctured, the ball will deflate slowly rather than slump you down on the floor with a bump.
  • Check the maximum weight the ball can handle. Most of the time you don’t need to worry. But better check … especially if you’re a bit overweight.
  • Make sure the ball comes with a pump too. It makes the process of inflation easier, trust me! :D

The Best Place To Buy Your Exercise Ball

Now that you know what to look for in a fitness ball, where can you find a reasonably priced but great quality ball?

Well … I’d say you need to go to a place where you can find

  • lots of different sellers to compare
  • and lots of genuine reviews and ratings from people who have already used the product

One such place that I’ve used for years is here. Most of the time, I can find the best price for any item. And items are delivered straight to my doorstep for a very reasonable price too.

The thing I really find helpful is that I can read reviews by people who have already used the product I’m looking to buy.

So, if you’re going to buy an exercise ball, check out the different makes in this online store. Also make sure you read the reviews before you buy one.

Good luck! :-)

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