Exercise balls are great tools for anyone who wants to augment their fitness routine. This is because they provide an excellent way to stretch, strengthen, tone the abdominal muscles, and improve balance. Exercise balls have been used in physical therapy for years, but have become increasingly popular among fitness enthusiasts in recent times.
The balls are often used while sitting on them while reading a book or watching television.
How firm should an exercise ball be?
Filling your ball with air so it's tight like a drum is more than just a way to get exercise. The correct level of firmness can be beneficial for people with back, neck, and head pain as well as those recovering from surgery. When the ball is not inflated properly, some people stretch their bodies in ways that can cause more damage. Others may come down harder on the balls of their feet or the ground and joints and muscles surrounding them.
A good exercise ball should have the right amount of air to be both firm and comfortable. Too much air can make it too hard for an individual to use but not enough air could lead to a sinking feeling.
Too much air will lead to a too-firm ball, which can cause back problems for those with a history of bad backs. Less air will cause a too-soft exercise ball, which can be frustrating because it gives out in the middle of an exercise. A perfect ball is when there is enough air so that the ball is firm but not too hard. To find out the best balance, find a size that is close to your height so you don't have to worry about rolling off.