Stability Ball Office Chair

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Stability Ball Office Chair

The stability ball, also known as the Swiss ball, yoga ball or exercise ball, is an inflated ball constructed of soft PVC material. Stability balls come in different colors and sizes, and for best results, you should choose a ball that fits your height range. If you are between 4-foot-11 and 5-foot-4, select a ball that is 55 cm in diameter. If you are between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-11, use a ball that is 65 cm in diameter. If you are over 6 feet, choose a ball that is 75 cm.

Stability Ball Office Chair

According to the United States Army Public Health Command, sitting on an exercise ball can have a few drawbacks. For example, because exercise balls lack arm rests and back supports, the upper body might not be properly and fully supported. The UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center argues that the use of an armrest takes some strain off your neck and shoulders and makes you less likely to slouch. The Health Command also explains that sitting in a chair in a reclined position significantly eliminates disc pressure in the back, but this position cannot be maintained while sitting on an exercise ball. If you use the stability ball in place of an office chair, you might feel that the ball is not tall enough for you to reach your desktop. You also might have concerns that the stability ball will roll away when you stand, so you might need to find a way to anchor it.

Stability Ball Office Chair

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The stability ball is a piece of exercise equipment used for strength training, improving balance and stability. Replacing the office chair for the stability ball is increasingly popular because of the potential for improved health, posture and strength, but you should be aware of both the benefits and drawbacks before deciding to use a stability ball. Always consult a doctor before starting this or any other exercise regimen.

Stability Ball Office Chair

Spineuniverse explains that sitting on a stability ball can improve stability and balance because doing so is said to constantly engage the core abdominal muscles. Stronger ab muscles protect the lower back and promote better posture, and can be the result of using the stability ball. A study in the “Journal of Canadian Chiropractic Association” by chiropractors Larry G. Merritt and Celynne M. Merritt showed that two people who reportedly suffered from lower back pain improved when they began consistently sitting on a stability ball. Of course, results vary by individual, and not everyone experiences these results.

Stability 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.

Stability Ball Office Chair

If you are new to using a stability ball, you might need to start out using the ball in small increments, as your body and muscles might not be accustomed to sitting in this manner for long periods and get fatigued. As your muscles build strength and endurance and become familiar with the seating position, it will become easier and you will be able to use the ball for longer periods. Your employer or work environment might not permit you to use a stability ball in the workplace, so receive approval before bringing your ball to work.

Stability 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.

Stability 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

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.

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.

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!)

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.

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