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Fitness seekers often incorporate a yoga ball, also known as a stability ball, into their workout routines. Yoga balls can be purposely deflated for storage and, at times, the air can seep out of the yoga ball after extended periods of use. Also, temperature differences can alter the volume of air inside a ball. In addition, some yoga balls require step-by-step initial inflation, with additional air added every day for several days. In any case, putting air into the yoga ball involves the same procedure.
Draw a pencil line on a piece of masking tape. Place the tape on the wall so the mark is the same distance from the floor as the required diameter of the yoga ball when it is fully inflated. The proper diameter will be stamped on the ball.
Place the yoga ball on the floor in front of the mark with the air hole on top. Allow the yoga ball to come to room temperature. Pry the plastic plug out of the air hole with your fingers. If you have trouble getting it out, use the edge of a coin to pry the plug out. Flat-nosed pliers can also be used, but you must be very careful not to gouge or damage the ball's material with the tool.
Insert the nozzle of an air pump into the air hole. If your yoga ball did not come with a special ball pump, use a regular bicycle tire pump.
Pump air into the yoga ball until it reaches the height of the mark on the wall. If, in the case of brand new, high-end yoga balls, it may be possible to inflate it to only 80 percent of the total volume. Do not force air into the yoga ball if it doesn't flow in easily.
Pull out the pump nozzle and immediately re-insert the plug you removed earlier. Leave the plug sticking out slightly so it is easy to remove.
Test the air volume by sitting on the ball. There is enough air inside if your knees and hips are at 90-degree angles, even if you haven't reached the mark on the wall. Remove the plug and add more air or let some out as necessary. Do not inflate the yoga ball past the mark on the wall. When the volume of air is right, push the plug all the way into the hole so it is flush with the yoga ball surface. If this is the first time you are inflating a new ball and the volume is only at about 80 percent, leave the plug slightly raised and set the ball aside. Add more air the next day using the same steps as above. Continue this procedure until you reach the optimal air volume.
Test the air volume in the ball again after 24 hours. Adjust as necessary.
- Push into the yoga ball with one finger. You should be able to make a dent about 2 inches deep when the yoga ball is properly inflated.