What's the best stability ball (exercise ball)?

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I’m busy exercising at home. Free weights, resistance bands, plus lots of walking. Right now I’m looking to mix it up as that helps to prevent weight loss plateaus.

Hence I’m looking at stability balls. These are those big honkin’ plastic balls that you sit on or (BPB, easy there) put between your legs or whatever and do all manner of marvelous exercises designed to make you skinny but also look very weird while exercising.

Anyway, there are about a million choices on Amazon and the like and I’m stumped.

What size do I get? I’m 5’6″ and not exactly a delicate little flower, if that makes a difference. Do I buy a pump with it? What about a chair that goes with it? I’ve seen those but they seem weird to me. Then again I am using a regular chair for some exercises (seated dumbbell curls, etc.) so if I had a better chair-like thing that would probably be better for me, plus I could send the chair I’ve been using back to the guest room.

Any ideas? All ideas accepted, amusing and otherwise. Thank you. Smile

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I can’t visualize Margo with any exercise ball but one inclining towards the reddish side of purple.

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Get under the pin with a table knife or something, and pry it up a bit. Then grab it and wiggle it around a bit while pulling up. Next time, don’t put the plug in dry.

This works much better than those medicine bottles that instruct you to push down while pulling up.

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I dunno, the people across the street from us were having a yard sale, and I bought one from them for 2 dollars…came with the pump.

They’re very sturdy jes, made of really thick material. For me, the most important thing was the air pressure.

I just messed around adding/releasing air until it felt right.

I don’t use mine for excercise/strength building per se, but for a nice stretch.

I’ll sit on it, then roll onto the small of my back. From there I use it for support will I put my hands over my head, lean back and touch the floor behind me. While there, I’ll rotate my hips in circles and other random motions, and just enjoy the feelings.

Very relaxing.

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I’ve seen and tried those chair things used with the ball. I didn’t find it comfortable, and it seemed cheaply made.

From what I’ve heard, the sausage shaped “balls” seem to work out best. I would have loved to have been there when Nermal’s claws made their way through mine.

I would pick one at the small end of the size range, Jes. They are more related to hight than anything else. The pump will be included. Best thing I’ve seen about these things is that they are fairly cheap. When they get boring, you haven’t lost much.

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Leg length is key. I’m only 5’2″ but because of my legs I need a 65 cm. ball.

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