After having worked with exercise balls for countless years, I am still amazed how versatile and useful they are: naturally for all sorts of exercises – in class and at home – but also as a nice and health-supporting option for people who (have to) sit a lot.
The approximately £10 are definitely an investment worth making. The only aspect you have to consider is its size. – When you sit on a fully inflated ball your hips should be in line with your knees (certainly not higher). – This means most of us will either need a ball with a diameter of either 55cm or 65cm. – Here some rough indication:
Heights and Exercise Ball Size
- Is your height 4’8″ to 5’5″ (140 – 165cm)? You’ll need medium sized ball, 22 inches (55cm)
- Is your height 5’6″ to 6’0″ (165 – 185cm)? You’ll need large sized ball, 26 inches (65cm)
- Is your height 6’0″ to 6’5″ (185 – 195cm)? You’ll need extra large sized ball, 30 inches (75cm)
Please find links to an exercise ball I would recommend (good quality, comes with a pump and available in the sizes mentioned below)
55cm: Buy here on Amazon
65cm: Buy here on Amazon
75cm: Buy here on Amazon
Please remember to inflate the ball about 1 or 2 days before class, make sure it feels firm and bring it with you to our “BACK in action” session. – And don’t worry, we will take our time to getting used to doing exercises with and on your new friend. – I’m looking forward to share my passion for this unique piece of exercise equipment!