An exercise ball is an excellent piece of equipment to enhance, assist, and bring variety to your work out. Because of their functionality in helping with spine alignment and core strength, not only is investing in a stability ball a great way to make your workouts more challenging, it can also be used as an alternative to traditional office chairs to reduce your time sitting in a sedentary position.
Before you go out to purchase this wonderful tool though, you might find it helpful to figure out what size you’ll need in order for the ball to work effectiveIy. We get asked about this a lot and since we can’t go shopping with each and every one of you (though we would absolutely love that!), here are some helpful tips to help you determine what size exercise ball to buy for your height.
Option 1: Base The Size Off Your Height
The most basic way to determine the correct ball size for you is simply by looking at how tall you are. While other factors such as body composition, flexibility and ball resistance can contribute to the size you ultimately want to end up with, if you really don’t have a chance to get in and take test drive, use the table below to get a good idea of where to start:
4’6 and under: 30cm ball
4’6 to 5’0: 45cm ball
5’0 to 5’5: 55cm ball
5’6 to 6’2: 65cm ball
6’2 and above: 75cm ball
Option 2: Take a Test Sit
By far the best way to determine the right fit for you is to make your way over to a place that has exercise balls on display and try them out. Grab a couple products and use these testing tips to make sure you are getting the right ball for you.
Start by sitting on the ball with feet flat on the floor, feet hip distance apart and weight equally distributed among your feet. Get yourself properly aligned by bouncing lightly up and down on the ball with your core engaged. From there, look for the following:
1) Are your thighs parallel to the floor?
2) Check your knees; are they in line or slightly lower than your pelvis?
3) Finally check your pelvis, shoulders and ears; are they in line?
Once you have completed the above testing you should have found the perfect ball for you!!