4 Simple Steps On How To Inflate An Exercise Ball

By Marshall Evans | Exercises & Tips

Jul 21
how to inflate an exercise ball

Exercise balls are able to revitalize your workout routine. They are free from weights and come with hundreds of exercises which are relaxing or challenging. That’s why there are more and more people using these specialized balls to improve their strength, flexibility, and balance. However, the only problem is that many of you have no idea how to inflate an exercise ball properly. Don’t worry, in this article, I’ll give you a step-by-step instruction so that you can do it with ease.

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How To Inflate An Exercise Ball

STEP 1: Check The Ball

Before inflating an exercise ball, you need to inspect it for any damage. In fact, folds and creases are quite normal but tears or snags will definitely obstruct you from inflating it properly.

STEP 2: Let The Ball Adjust To Room Temperature

Allow the exercise ball some time to get to room temperature for a couple of hours. Just remove it from the packaging and then let it sit in a 20°C room for about 2 hours. This way, you can normalize the temperature of the plastic, making it much easier for you to air up the ball.

STEP 3: Determine its maximum diameter

how to inflate an exercise ball

In order to determine the maximum diameter of the exercise ball, you need to read the manufacturer’s instructions. Once you get the recommended height for the fully inflated ball, just mark on the wall. This will help you compared and know when to stop inflating.

STEP 4: Inflate The Ball

It is best to use an air compressor to inflate your exercise ball, however, a hand pump with cone nozzle is just fine. Actually, a lot of exercise balls out there come with a hand pump while others don’t. Therefore, you have to check this carefully, or else, you may have to buy a pump separately.

Take the pointed end from the pump and insert it into the hole in the ball. Check if you need an adapter which can fit over the pump nozzle. Usually, the adapter comes with the ball and looks like a cone or cylinder. And if you already have one, just screw it onto the pump nozzle.

  • Note: If you see a white plug inside the ball, just use a butter knife or a key to remove it.If you don’t have any plug, then you will need to look for something to replace it.Remove the plug carefully so you won’t puncture the ball accidentally.

STEP 5: Compare The Current Height ToThe Suggested Height

If the ball is not full enough or too full, it can totally affect the quality of your workout. That’s why you need to make sure the ball has its proper size. Specifically, after inflating for a while, insert the plug into the ball and then measure it against the mark you’ve already made. This way, you will know whether you should continue or stop pumping the ball.

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STEP 6: Test The Ball

Remember that depending on your bodyweight, you need to pump your ball differently. Therefore, even when the ball reaches its terminal diameter, you need to test it before using it.

Just sit on the ball with both knees slightly bent and make sure your feet are flat on the floor. Your thighs should be parallel to the floor which means your hips and knees should be level. Additionally, your knees and feet should be in a vertical line so that your knees and hips create a 90-degree angle.

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This way, you will know if it’s necessary to release or add some air. For example, if your legs don’t create an angle of more than 90 degrees or your thighs are sloping downwards, release some air to compensate. If it’s more than 90 degrees, then just inflate the ball further.

Besides, try bouncing up and down for a while. This will help you make sure your shoulders and hips are in a vertical line. If it can hold your body weight, your posture can stay straight and everything remains the same, then you’ve pumped it properly.

Final Thoughts

Have you known how to inflate an exercise ball yet? Well, it’s not too complicated, huh? Fortunately, you don’t have to do this frequently since an exercise ball can be used for a long time without any inflation. Furthermore, once you inflate yours for the first time, it will be very easy for you for the next. Then, if you want to know how to deflate your exercise ball, visit our topic here.

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About the Author

Hello everyone, I’m Marshall Evans and welcome to AestheticGuys.com. I love fitness so I spent years searching for training and nutrition tips to get in shape. I really want to share my experiences and all my tips with anyone who cares about health and fitness, that’s why I started AestheticGuys.com in 2017. Through the blog, I will have a chance to write about everything I want to share with you guys to make you love fitness more and help you get an aesthetic body.