How you choose an exercise ball will depend on what exercises you plan on doing:
There are so many places selling exercise balls that prices have become
very competitive. You should be able to pick up a good quality burst
resistant exercise ball from any retailer at a reasonable price or your
physical therapist can probably get a good deal on one as well.
- The size you choose may or may not be important. If you plan on
doing a lot of exercises sitting on the ball, the ideal size will allow
you to sit with hips and knees at 90 degrees, chest up, both feet flat
on the floor, and head centred over the shoulders. If you are just beginning
with the exercise ball, however, you may want one a little larger. That
way you can keep it a little soft to make your exercises easier. Here's a general
guide on how to choose your
exercise ball size.
- The thickness of the rubber will vary depending on where you
get your ball from. You will find that physical therapy clinics and
gyms will have access to sturdier ball that you may find in a discount
store. If you plan on doing any high impact work, exercises with
dumbbells or bands, or if you are on the heavier side, a little extra
money for a burst resistant ball is worth the peace of mind that you
won't go tumbling if something leaks.
- If you want a really firm ball, get one on the smaller side so
you can blow it up fully. On the other hand if you want to start easy,
get a bigger ball and don't blow it up all the way. The extra surface
contact with the floor will make the exercise ball exercises easier.
- Ideally, if you can afford it, get more than one to keep your routine interesting and varying in intensity.
- I wouldn't advise picking one up at a yard sale because you
don't know how old it is or how it was treated. Most plastics start to
degrade with age and temperature changes.
- Colour is an individual choice. Find something that
complements your decor. On the other hand if it blends into the
background you may forget it's there.