May 06, 2023 4 min read
Swiss balls are filled with air and come in a variety of sizes.
They are lightweight, durable, and inexpensive — but are they really effective? Here are some of the benefits of incorporating stability balls into your exercise routine:
Benefits of using a Swiss ball
A general guideline for height correspondence to diameter of exercise ball is as follows (this is assuming average body weight is proportional to height):
|Exercise ball diameter||Person's height|
|45 cm||5' and under|
|55 cm||5'1"– 5'8"|
|65 cm||5'9"– 6'2"|
|75 cm||6'3"– 6'7"|
|85 cm||6'8" and taller|
As the core body muscles must work to keep the body upright and balanced on the ball, even sitting still on an exercise ball counts as exercise. As an exercise ball is more stable when slightly deflated, it can be simpler to begin sitting on one if it is not entirely inflated.
Here’s how to sit on an exercise ball:
One can easily sit on the exercise ball while working at a desk or computer workstation and use it as an alternative to a traditional office chair. Others prefer to sit on it while watching television. Whatever the use, sitting on an exercise ball at some point of the day is helpful to strengthen the core muscles that support the spine.