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How to care for your exercise ball

Getting started with your exercise ball

Inspecting the exercise ball

When your exercise ball arrives, remove it from the packaging and inspect for shipping damage.  Don't worry if your ball has slight fold marks - this is normal. Spread the ball out on the floor, allowing most of the creases to come out.  The ball should be flat, with the hole open.

If the ball feels cold or hot to the touch, allow it to come to room temperature before inflating. 

Once the exercise ball is at room temperature, remove its plug.  Your ball may contain a packet with an extra plug and an adaptor (distinguishable from the plug by being threaded on one end so it can attach to a bike pump or compressor). 

Inflating the exercise ball 

Note the ball's maximum diameter (height off the floor) - this information is printed on the ball.  Before inflating, measure and mark the ball's maximum diameter on a door or wall.  You will inflate the exercise ball according to size, not pressure.

Begin inflating.  This is most easily accomplished using an electric air compressor or a hand pump having a cone-shaped nozzle (Our Faster-Blaster pump works great!).  If you don't have either of these, visit your local car or tire repair shop and see if you can't use their compressed air to blow up the ball.

When the ball approaches the mark you made on the wall, quickly insert the plug into the ball.  Use a yardstick from the top of the ball to the wall to compare the ball's height to the mark.  If necessary, add more air.  Stop inflating when the ball either of two situations exists:

  1. You are comfortable sitting on the ball, or

  2. The ball reaches the level of the mark.

As you fill, periodically test for comfort.  Sit on the ball.  Do your hips and knees form a 90-degree angle to each other?  If so, perfect.  Your ball has enough air.  Don't worry if you haven't reached the wall mark.  The ball will not be as firm if under-inflated, but it will work fine.

Unless you achieve sitting comfort sooner, continue adding air until the exercise ball reaches the level of the mark, then stop.  Do not over-inflate the ball!  You should be able to push the ball inward roughly 2" when it is fully inflated.

You might want to re-check the inflation of your exercise ball after 24 hours, since the ball may stretch slightly.  If it has, simply inflate again until you achieve sitting comfort, or reach the mark level, whichever comes first.

Your ball is now ready to use. 

Caring for your exercise ball

There is nothing difficult or mysterious about caring for an exercise ball.  Just take common-sense precautions.  Here are some general guidelines:

Do Don't

Check for sharp objects before using.  Examine the area and your clothing for items that could puncture the ball.  Burst-resistant balls will not explode if punctured, but they can still tear.

Do not use your ball outdoors.  This increases the risk of puncture.

Regularly check your ball for gouges or deep scratches.   Do not let the ball come in contact with materials printed in black ink.  The ink in newspapers, photocopies, etc. can permanently mark the ball.

Clean your exercise ball with a soft cloth and warm, soapy water.

Do not use harsh, abrasive chemical cleaners.  These might scratch the ball.

 

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