Exercise Ball Office Chair

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Exercise Ball Office Chair

I recently came across this article, which talks about using an exercise ball as your home or office chair. I have used an exercise ball as a chair before, and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Here are some of the benefits of using an exercise ball as your chair. Whether you spend your desk time at the office, or studying at home for that next exam, office ball chairs can help you in many ways.
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Exercise Ball Office Chair

Instead of swapping one for the other, avoid the “all or nothing” mentality so common in health and fitness, says Matthews. “Instead of ditching your desk chair entirely for an exercise ball or skipping out on using the ball altogether, Matthews recommends alternating between sitting on the two throughout the day.” Try 20 to 30 minutes at a time. And be sure to inflate the ball to its proper height; your thighs should be parallel to the floor when you’re seated on the ball. A 45 cm ball works best for women under 5 feet tall; a 55 cm ball fits women between 5’ to 5’ 7” and a 65 cm ball is best for those 5’8” and over.
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Exercise Ball Office Chair

I’ve been using the exercise ball for about a month now. I’ve not changed my exercise routines (walking, yoga), nor my eating habits – I tend to eat healthy. I’ve lost 2 lbs & my tummy & gluts are definitely tighter. It’s true that at first you may experience some back pain, but I suggest that you alternate sitting on the ball for 1 hour & then on a chair for 1 hour. Sit up straight with your legs bent at the knee in front of you – not to the side of you. A 65cm ball is good for me, I’m 5’7″. After a couple of weeks, you can sit on the ball for 2-3 hours & then take an hour break & then again for 2-3 hours, no more than that. I also use the ball for front & side sit ups & keep light hand weights (10 lbs each) at my desk & do a few arm exercise with them throughout the day.
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Exercise Ball Office Chair

Many of us spend the majority of our professional lives sitting, which makes the office chair an all-important piece of furniture. Lately mine hasn't been cutting it, so as an experiment, I swapped my chair with an exercise ball. Here's what's been great about it, what's been less than perfect, and what you might want to consider if you're interested in switching to an exercise ball as your office chair.

Exercise Ball Office Chair

This is kind of a funny story. Last week was by my standards a normal week. I have been using three different balls for about 2 years now for my computer chairs. One 75cm and two 65cm balls. I just leave one of the 65cm balls deflated for short adults and kids. So I get up the other morning and notice that my 75cn ball is shrinking and after owning it for about 7 years now, it really came as no surprise. The surprise is that it lasted this long. So not to worry to much, I still am able to use the 65cm ball that has the correct amount of air in it. But like usual, I couldn’t leave it at that. I pull the plug out and add very little air to it and check to see if it is o.k. I find out that it is overinflated by a couple of inches. So that tells me that it has always been overinflated all this time I have had it which is about 4 years so I opt to leave it. Maybe it was just a coincedence or maybe that little bit of extra air I put in it or whatever the reason was, I grabbed my slice of pizza for lunch and went to sit on the ball at the computer desk. The minute my bottom hit the ball, BOOM, it blew big time and the pizza and I went down. I am able to laugh about it because I didn’t injure myself, and consider myself very lucky. So now I sit here typing this letter on my only surviving 65cm ball that is underinflated, and until I get a new ball, I think I will leave it underinflated. Just to let you know that your article is very well written and keep up the excellent work. Sincerely, Chris L Apodaca
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Exercise Ball Office Chair

I switched to an exercise ball when I went to the chiropractor for neck pain and numbness in my fingertips. He said “use an exercise ball at the office.” Amazing advice! I haven’t had neck pain in 8 months and no problems with numbness. It does get hard if I’m tired, but it forces me awake, which is good. I’ll never go back to a chair! (Word of advice. Buy a thicker plastic ball to sit on. Had a cheap plastic one which burst while I was on it after 3 months. I’m 5’7” and 150 lbs…the 65 cm is good for me, too)
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Exercise Ball Office Chair

After a couple more days of this, you may find yourself sitting on the exercise ball chair for much longer periods of time. (A week later, I spend the majority of my day on the exercise ball chair, but still take lots of breaks and occasionally switch back to the old chair.)
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Exercise Ball Office Chair

I have been using mine at work to build core strength. I am a QA rep for a call center.. and am constantly tied to a chair… and a pair of head phones. I have gained 20 pounds due to this “sedentary state.” I Joined a gym, did aerobics, everything I could and saw no results for several months. Once I added the ball to my daily routine I started to see results. My back is stronger, my core is stronger, and I am losing weight finally. This is in conjunction with all the other exercise I am doing though. I’m sure the extra 350 (or more) calories burned per day on the ball help to push this however. However I stay very active in that ball for 8 hours. I do crunches, bounce, dance… and stay active. When my back gets tired, and starts to hurt…(about once an hour) I do crunches (about 20 to 25) and stretch a bit. I find I do about 200 crunches on the ball per day. This also helps.
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While you will have to focus on maintaining good posture while sitting on the stability ball, you won’t be as hunched over as you could be sitting in an office chair. But the truth is, sitting on a stability ball isn’t going to bring miracles or completely alleviate any pain you are experiencing. However, with regular exercise and stretching on a stability ball, you may be able to relieve some of the pain you are experiencing. We’ll take a closer look at those options below.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 — At work, Pam O’Donnell types at her computer, talks on the phone and, every so often, bounces a bit on a big blue ball. O’Donnell has an office chair, but this doesn’t mean she uses it. She prefers to sit on an exercise ball. Although some posture experts are leery of the practice, she and others say sitting on the ball lets them work a little workout into their work time, and strengthen their legs, abs and back muscles.
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Got exercise ball for back problems from therapist 10 months ago. My long-time ski buddy told me to try it as a chair — he swears by it. Long hours at computer used to put me in big back pain. Now, with ball as chair, no problems. I use ball exclusively now. Can totally balance hands free; balance arrives with experience. Also great side and back stretching WHILE WORKING; in other words, you can be in motion all the time, which definitely helps keep awake and helps with posture and flexibility.
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Sitting on a chair requires no muscle activity at all and it actually hurts us for a number of reasons, says John P. Porcari, PhD, FACSM, exercise physiologist at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse. “For one, people tend to slouch and use poor posture, and sitting in a chair puts your abs on ‘slack’ and decreases core strength. Using an exercise ball counteracts both of these things.” Although you can still use poor posture on a ball, sitting properly requires subtle muscle contractions of the core, hip and leg muscles to maintain balance, which contribute to muscle tone.
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I replaced my office chair with a ball as part of my “battle of the menopause bulge.” I find it to be very comfortable, and especially enjoy the creative boost I get bouncing and rolling my hips on it when I’m writing or designing. One thing I have noticed is that I no longer have problems with my feet and ankles swelling up by the end of the day. I do have to keep an eye on the inflation level, though. Partly because the air conditioning makes my office feel like an icebox. When the ball looses inflation, I notice that my shoulder blades get sore from sitting too low at my desk. Other than that, I’ve found it very beneficial. Plus, my boss is impressed that I’m constantly on the ball now! (nyuk!)

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