If you are looking to strengthen your core or improve your balance, try using an exercise ball. Exercise balls are a great workout tool to have on hand, but when using in the home, they can be difficult to store. Luckily, deflating an exercise ball is easy and can free up room in your workout space. Below we’ve listed a handy guide of how to properly deflate and re-inflate an exercise ball.
Deflating an Exercise Ball:
1) Locate your exercise ball plug remover. This is a plastic tool with two prongs on either side.
2) Slide the prongs of the plug remover around the plug of the exercise ball, with prongs on either side. This may be more difficult depending on how inflated your ball is.
3) Squeeze the plug remover to grip the plug. Wiggle and pull up to remove the plug.
4) Push the exercise ball to remove the air. Some electric air pumps have two-way action that allows for air to be sucked out.
5) Place the ball plug back into the ball so that it does not get misplaced. Fold the ball to store.
If you have lost your ball plug remover, a coin, spoon, or flat head screwdriver can all be used as a suitable replacement. A ball plug remover is recommended to prevent any potential damage to the exercise ball.
Inflating an Exercise Ball:
1) Remove the ball plug. Use a ball plug remover if needed.
2) Use an air pump to inflate your ball.
Any air pump (electric or manual) can be used to inflate your exercise ball. Inflate ball until it is the proper diameter.
3) If you are inflating your ball for the first time, inflate the ball to 80% of its suggested diameter. Let the ball sit for 24 hours, then inflate the next day. The ball will expand to reach its suggested size. An electric air pump is recommended to use when you are inflating your ball for the first time.
Note: It is not recommended to inflate your exercise ball in a room less than 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
With these handy instructions, you will become a pro at inflating and deflating your home exercise ball, freeing up space in your home workout zone.
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