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10 Reasons to Use an Exercise Ball as Your 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.

1. Forces proper spine alignment. Because an exercise ball is not stable, your body needs to try to balance itself on it. The perfect spinal posture is coincidently the easiest to balance with. Thus, your body will automatically try to align itself into the proper posture. This helps improve your spinal health, and decrease back pains.

2. Causes you to frequently change positions. An exercise ball causes to you to change your position often to balance. For example, if you turn 45 degrees to face the phone, your body will assume a new position. This helps reduce damage caused by prolonged sitting in the same position.

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3. Fitness is at your fingertips. Another great thing about using this alternative to a chair, is that you can do stretches or mini-workouts whenever you want, without getting up. If you’ve ever stuck waiting for a minute or two, you can make productive use of that time with a quick workout or stretch. Because it’s much more convenient, you will probably do it more, thus resulting in better health.

4. Improve your balance. This one is very understandable. Sitting on an unstable surface all day will improve your sense of balance, as well as the reactions of your muscles. The result? An overall better balance, that can be observed out of the office.

5. Get that 6-pack you’ve been wanting. Your body primarily uses your core (abdominal) muscles to help compensate for changes in balance. Thus, your essentially getting a low-key abdominal workout. This may not sound like a lot, but consider the amount of time you spend on your computer at the office, or at home. Those hours can build up, and result in a strengthening of ab muscles.

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6. Improves your circulation. Using an exercise ball will keep the blood flowing to all parts of your body, throughout the day. A desk chair on the other hand, reduces circulation to some parts of the body after prolonged use.

7. You’ll feel more energetic. It has been proven that staying in one position, will make you more tired, while moving around and being active with give you more energy. With an exercise ball as a chair, you will feel much more energized after you finish your work.

8. Burn up to 350 calories per day. More movement during the day = more calories burnt. Burning 350 calories per day = losing one pound of fat every 10 days. You may not burn quite 350, but nonetheless, it will help you stay fit.

9. Really cheap. Specialized exercise balls designed for sitting usage can range from $15 to $80. Much cheaper than buying an ergonomic chair, which can range anywhere from $100 to $400 and up.

10. C’mon, its fun! Who doesn’t like the idea of bouncing around on an exercise ball all day. Exercise balls are an exciting alternative to chairs, and may just give that spark of fun to your day.

Exercise Ball

Update: I just bought an exercise ball for myself. So far, I am really enjoying it! My only complaint is that in the morning when I am half-awake, it is hard to balance. I found this cheap exercise ball which is  great for trying it out,  if you don’t want to invest $40-$50 in a ball which you may never actually use. Also, before you buy, make sure you know what size is right for you. I am about 5 feet, 6 inches, and the 65cm ball fits me well. Your legs should be almost parallel with the ground. If you are above 5ft10 I would go with a 75cm ball.

Have you personally had experience with using an exercise ball as a chair? Drop us a comment on how it worked out for you.

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171 Responses to “10 Reasons to Use an Exercise Ball as Your Chair”

  1. Vidya A. says:

    I have been using an exercise ball chair for over a year now at work. I, like many others these days, spend long hours at the computer, and I found that my shoulder and neck stress (pain) disappeared overnight.

    However, I did end up with some back pain, as my back muscles were not accustomed to good posture ;-) . So my recommendation would be to ease into it rather than go cold turkey so that your body has the chance to get accustomed to it.

  2. Niki says:

    This was my experience after one month of using an exercise ball at work:

    1. Shoulder and neck pain gone – it was really bad before

    2. Trimmed up – couldn’t figure out how I was trimming up ’cause I wasn’t working out more or eating less, but then it dawned on me … exercise ball, duh!

    3. Lost some weight – i’m tellin’ ya! i lost 7 pounds, i wasn’t even trying.

    Exercise balls at work are rad! when i wear a skirt, i sit in my chair, no skirt, ball! try it out for a month :-)

  3. Mary A says:

    I have used an exercise ball exclusively for nearly a year at my desk. Some days I spend hours at my desk, other days no more than an hour. I find the following:
    1. The ball helps REMIND me to sit up straight — it doesn’t “make it happen.”
    2. I find myself unconciously rolling back and forth, or side to side, or around in small circles, while I work. This has obviously got to be good for circulation, for alertness, and even a small calorie burn.
    3. Mentally, I find the fitness ball at my desk, wearing a pedometer, doing my grocery shopping in decent workout clothes and shoes, wearing my swimming watch as much as possible, etc, all help me cultivate a “fitness-orientation” in my mindset. They all remind me that I am an “active woman” who has worked hard to become fit, energetic, strong, with stamina and vibrancy in my life — and that I want to stay that way and that life feels good lived in a fit body. Many say and I agree: “Fitness is 90% in the attitude.” And the ball at my desk, along with several other little things, contribut to my “fitness mentality.”

  4. TaraMetBlog says:

    I just got a fitness ball for my desk too. I’m going to link to this article/post. thanks!

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  6. Joe Briefcase says:

    I tried it with a football. Now I have a prostrate problem.

    But it wasn’t as bad as sitting on a baseball, which caused…. well, I shouldn’t say.

  7. incndnz says:

    My mother teaches in the ‘resource room’ (learning disabled kids, special education kids and advanced elementary classes) and she uses the kid sized balls as chairs for all of her kids. She says it seems to help all of them focus their mind better when they can bounce around and let off some of their energy!

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  10. Brett says:

    Oh my goodness this ball as a chair idea is amazing! Just got mine today and what a difference….thanks for the writeup.

  11. Rich G. says:

    Great article, sending it to my room mate who makes fun of me for using the exer-ball for a chair!

    Hopefully this makes it a legitimate chair in his mind. That’s my hope at least. I keep getting my ‘chair’ hurled at me in the living room. lol

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  16. Bagus says:

    In our company it was ‘almost’ forbidden. The reason was that, some people tend to fall down/roll down from the ball. The company has had a problem with the insurance claims (at work) for these workers.

    Since then, the recomend using the ‘ring’ on the floor as the ball basis. With this ring, majoritiy of positive effects of the ball are simply gone….

    So, guys, be carefull or check with your company/insurance policy if this is OK.

    cheers,

  17. AndyC says:

    …and you can dance at your desk on a ball.. Try doing that on an office chair

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  20. TioTOny says:

    Many co-workers laugh at my exercise ball but can’t stop themselves from sitting on it when they are in my office :) . I have been using one at home and work for several months and can feel my core changing. Even on conference calls I will often lean back and stretch out even in mid conversation. Sure beats sitting in a chair all day. Anyone replaced a chair with a treadmill? That’s my next venture.

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  24. Chris White says:

    I’ve had a ball for a long time but I never used it heavily, but I recently started using it almost full time and I love it! Some of the advantages I find to it is that I can sit cross legged on it, which is definitely my sitting preference much of the time and it really improves your balance. I also used to be told all the time that I’d break my chairs since I rocked back onto two or even one legs, while I never actually broke any I can get the same effect from a ball without any of the concern. You can’t beat the price either. I do find myself adopting a really poor posture pretty easily though, something I need to work harder on not doing.

  25. jean says:

    Balls make brilliant chairs, I’ve used one for a long time now. But women be warned, on a bad day perineal scar pain can feel worse.

  26. jos says:

    well i have a ball sitting in the corner of my living room
    after reading this i am going to try using it as my “chair” instead of the couch, ill let you know how its turns out
    thanks

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  28. Harlie says:

    We started an ab ball challenge at work today. I had to give up after 4 hours because my back is really hurting. I think we are using balls that are too small because our knees are very bent. Using the ball didn’t force me to have good posture, which is probably why my back hurts now. Anyone have any pointers on how to do it better?

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  30. engtech says:

    I did this and eventually abandoned it.

    My posture was still really bad as I put weight on my elbows.

  31. bill m says:

    If you’re going to buy one, check out Isokinetics Inc. They have their own version of the gaiam chair only for a lot less. I got one for my wife and she loves it. I’ll stick to my aeron :-)

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  33. paulette says:

    No one beats a physically fit person. Being healthy is in our hands. It maybe hard to excercise but its harder to get sick.

  34. Mark says:

    I have started using the Gymball to watch TV at night. it stops me dozing off in the middle of my favorite show. If I am on the couch I am out like a light!

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  36. paulette says:

    Hope the reasons stated above convinced you to use exercise ball. Remember that being healthy is priceless. And may you be healthy throughout the year.

  37. I just started using one two weeks ago. I am having alot of trouble just sitting up for long periods of time. My back muscles must just be weak. It definitely is not a comfy leather chair that I’m used to. I’m gonna stick with it a few weeks and hope my back muscles get stronger.

  38. kathey says:

    hello, I read your article and could not agree more.
    I don’t use my excersise ball for work, but i spend a credible amount of time on it, just simply having fun bouncing. Most people would think that it gets boring after a while, but no, take your iPod/MP3, and listen to it while you’re bouncing! its like dancing, except it doesnt take any skill. It also burns calories, without putting stress on your muscles, and you can do it as often as you want.
    its affordable, healthy and fun!
    My cousin got into a car accident, and she couldnt run or walk fast or do anything to get her excersise, because of her knee that she injured, and started gaining weight. So i suggested she try this, because she always loved jogging with her MP3 player. She loved it! over the course of two months, she’s lost 10 pounds! along with bouncing, shes done more excersise on the ball, like crunches, which are fairly easy.
    I fully recomend bouncing on an excersise ball regularly, or using one at work, to anyone.
    especially computer technicians/secretaries, because they often develop poor posture & back problems from their regular chairs.

  39. Gabby says:

    I have started using the ball today at work. I feel it working because my back muscles are sore already. I know after I use it for a prolonged amount of time that they will be used to it and not be sore anymore. I have had back issues for years and hope that this will help. I was told I needed my core strengthened and that this should help. I can tell that my abs are constantly working…not a bad thing!

  40. Dellarease says:

    I am going to buy my exercise ball tomorrow. I’ve beenb attling the bulging mid-section for far too long. It is now time for me to live and move on with my life with more important issues, than waste time woryying about how I will get rid of this flabby stomach.

    I say: STOMACH BE GONE!!!

  41. Chris says:

    This idea has pros and cons but the bottom line is that it may be non-compliant with OH&S ergonomics requirements and general safety provisions (depending on jurisdiction). If you are self employed that’s one thing but if you are an employer you should check out your local OH&S regs before allowing your staff to use these.

  42. Pete says:

    Daniel,

    You’re a wanker (said affectionately). I don’t think this article was meant to be a scientific analysis of how a ball does or doesn’t work on dynamic human anatomy. In literature, there is such a thing as “tone”. The tone of this piece was obviously meant to inspire and give a very broad stroke on the subject. To that degree, Geoff did just that. I used to be a personal trainer, and I was looking for advice on lower back pain and office chair alternatives; this piece inspired me to try out the ball.

    I seriously doubt any person of normal intelligence is going to think this ball will replace eating healthy and regular exercise. Furthermore, your “science” is exactly the kind of stuff that tends to scare the average Joe or Josephine away from trying stuff out by information overload. People generally want to know, “Does it work?” not “How does it work?”. That’s why aspirin ads don’t waste time saying, “I took two of these 325 mg acetylsalicylic acid tablets, per my 7.5–12.5 mg per kilogram of body weight limitation, and it had a typical analgesic drugs reaction with my peripheral and central nervous systems, resulting in diminished, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory activity in my lower lumbar region within 1800 seconds.” Nope. They say, “I took two of these here little pills, and my back pain was gone in 30 minutes!! Thanks Bayer!”.

    Geoff, great article. Daniel, drop and give me ten.

  43. danielb says:

    @Pete – I completely respect your opinion. Consider the 10 press ups done (emphatically).

    I’d like to thank you for reading my comment, and voicing your opinion after all what are comment sections for?

    I agree the that “literature” has tone but it should also contain fact when the advice is health related. Just my opinion, and one that is shared by many sports scientists, and indeed by the personal trainers that I work with. Literature should also consider its audience, this being a student centred blog I assumed the audience could decipher a little bit of science.

    I don’t write to advertise I write to inform. Therefore your theory that people want to know “Does it work” doesn’t work for me.

    Geoff and I have exchanged emails and he has no hard feelings. In fact, I now write posts for the Gearfire blog

    http://www.gearfire.net/fitness-advice-arrives-gearfire/

    Other than that I hope you found the information you were looking for and If not then maybe I can help?

  44. Emily says:

    Thanks for this article and the comments on it. I’ve been considering switching to the ball for over a year now. I have major hip problems and today they were so painful that I decided to finally make the switch. Your article and other’s experience with switching to an exercise ball really helped me make that decision.

    It’s been 10 minutes so far and I can already feel my stomach getting a little workout. I need to strengthen my core in order for my hips to get some relief.

    Thanks again!

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  46. Angela WD says:

    I just got my exercise ball/chair yesterday. I really like it so far, but I’m afraid to bounce on it too much in case it pops!

  47. Thanks for the wonderful article. I have been thinking about this a long time. Finally I switched my home computer chair with an exercise ball. My hips are already feeling much better. Eventually I am gonna switch my office chair to ball chair too.

    BTW beginners, you need to have a fairly strong core to sit for a lot time. Ofcourse with more practise your core with get strenghtened automatically, but I would recommend doing some yoga, alexander technique etc

  48. Haha! Just imagining how it would look if I got one in my office :P

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  51. Jonathan says:

    I have heard about using a ball for a chair but never really considered it until a few days ago. I seem to be developing really bad back pain due to spending almost all day long at the computer. I went to Target last night and got a ball for me to use at home. It was really fun and comfortable to use last night. I will use it again tonight at home. I am afraid I won’t be able to use it at work due to the professional work setting and it might not look very good. I am thinking about getting something like seen here http://walking.about.com/od/exercises/gr/fitdisc.htm I doubt it is as good as a regular ball but for my work setting it may be the only appropriate thing.

  52. SOG knives says:

    SOG knives…

    Interesting ideas… I wonder how the Hollywood media would portray this?…

  53. nancy says:

    Ok, I started sitting on the ball when i started reading this article. Now after reading through all these comments, my back is already sore… it must be working. I think I’m going to need to work up to this slowly. but I love it already. I work at home and spend about 12-14 hours/day at my laptop. I can’t wait until I can sit on the ball all day!

  54. Scarlet Lake says:

    I used an exercise ball at my old office and just started using it again at my new place of work. Of course people make fun, but I forwarded my co-workers your article.

    Sometimes the boys at the office kick my ball around, and I told them — “PLAY WITH YOUR OWN BALL(s)!” LOL.

  55. Jeff says:

    There are so many benefits to using an exercise ball in this way, and I hope to never go back to an office chair. My 2 cents worth on finding the right size ball:

    1) The ball is too small if your knees are higher than your hips.

    2) The ball is too big if you can’t balance without your feet leaving the ground (flat-footed).

  56. Great post. I could do to lose a pound or two myself however last time I had a go with an exercise ball I struggled to stay on it. My balance is rubbish but I think I may give it another go.

  57. Laura says:

    How big should a exrcise ball be?

  58. Joelen Huckabone says:

    After reading all of these articles, I am going to ask my Commander if I can have one in the office instead of my chair. I sit in the office for at least 12 hours everyday. Any one know where I can get one sent to Iraq?

  59. Liss says:

    Wow! After reading this article, I’m so swapping every chair in my house for an exercise ball!

    Thanks for the idea.

  60. Helen Downs says:

    As an elderly lady, 88 years young, I enjoy sitting on my big blue ball. It’s the most comfortable ball I’ve had, after trying other balls. Its so comfortable and helps my balance. I play bridge in the afternoon with several of my lady friends and they all laugh at me. I told Ethel “go to he..” for laughing. I found out about this ball over at http://blabtalk.com

  61. Amanda says:

    agree completely. sitting on my ball in the office right now. stretching. bouncing. balancing. anybody have any simple at-your-desk exercizes and stretches they can direct me to? ones that aren’t so elaborate that they cause my coworkers to point, stare, and laugh?

  62. mountain says:

    MG that

  63. hal says:

    I have been on a ball for over 2 months now and it is really great. Sure I get laughed at in the beginning but now they are asking questions….

    Leo Laporte the tech guy sits on one for almost 2 years now and can be seen on live.twit.tv

  64. I work at home and spend about 10 hours/day at my laptop. I can’t wait until I can sit on it all day

  65. If this will help my spine alignment I’ll give it a shot. Sweet post..

  66. kristal says:

    Dude! I got my ball about 2 weeks ago and i love it. I’m one of those people whos leg never stops moving cause i have so much enery but i sit at a desk all day. The people in my office think i’m crazy but what ever its cool. But I just keep bouncing away and its great.

    everyone should get one, I can’t await till some designer get ahold of this and make cool looking balls for work.

  67. Class says:

    Sitting on an exercise ball chair while at home or work promotes flexibility, coordination, motor skills, core strengthening, and balance.

  68. Lotus says:

    Oh my goodness this ball as a chair idea is amazing! Just got mine today and what a difference….thanks for the writeup.

  69. M.H. says:

    Which helps more though?

    Ball by itself?

    Or these balls with chair bases? http://www.isokineticsinc.com/category/ex_ball_chairs

    I’m extremely interested in obtaining a ball but it’s not just a ball now which is best or are they both equally good?

  70. Susan says:

    I have been using a ball for 5yrs anywhere between 1 – 4 hours a day at the computer. I had no real idea of how it was benefiting my body until my granddaughter who weighs around 20kg wringing wet took it outside for 5mins and managed to puncture it. I returned to using my computer chair for a month and my body behaved like it had died and gone to hell!! I recently replaced the ball and had the original repaired as a ‘spare’ so I will never be left without one again. So good in so many ways!!

  71. Linda says:

    All very good if you excercise ball doesn’t have a slow puncture!

  72. Balls make brilliant chairs, I’ve used one for a long time now. But women be warned, on a bad day perineal scar pain can feel worse.

  73. W. Bowen - Bach. Ex Sci, Masters Ex Rehab, PHD current says:

    Well…

    HOw about some reasons not to use a swissball as a chair.

    (1) theres a distinct lack of scientific evidence to show the benefits of using one, either as a chair or in a gym.

    (2) Anyone with a discagenic problem/injury, by using a swissball as a chair is increasing their intervertebral pressure and increasing their chance of a disc prolapse.

    (3) It DOES not help increase posture, you still slouch and those same muscle which are meant to help you are still inactive.

    (4) Fall off, hit your head, now you have brain damage… Not to likely I admit (brain damage, the fall is guaranteed).

    (5) I’m a flake, I use a swiss ball because someone told me too, beleiving that it is good for me.

    (6) Why am I typing this? in the hopes that one person here actually looks up some research… just go to your nations occupational health and safety site.

    (7) I bought a cheap ball and it exploded. Great, now get a real chair. Or at least by a decent/expensive anti burst ball.

    (8) NO, you are not going to burn much more calories a day… stabilising muscles are tiny, they use very little energy… not that they are working more while on the ball.

    (9)Please don’t believe you’ll get a ‘six pack’… everyone has one its just hidden by fat. Eat better, + run/walk more. A swiss ball will never help this.

    (10) If its to good to be true, then its NOT true. Please people use some common sense. Swissballs are the vogue at the moment. At least believe some of this things I have said or do some research, I make no money out of this, I am selling no product, I gain nothing. The people telling you this crap are selling swissballs… surely they wouldn’t exaggerate/lie about the benefits, would they??

  74. Wow! After reading this article, I’m so swapping every chair in my house for an exercise ball!

    Thanks for the idea.

  75. LCD says:

    No matter what you sit on you need to get a the monitor at a convenient/comfortable height.

  76. Christina says:

    I use a ball at work everyday. I do like the activity of it and I feel like my back does hurt less, as well as my butt. I wonder if anyone else has another issue though? By the end of a long day sitting on it, I begin to get a slight headache at the base of my skull. Wondering if maybe I should go down a size perhaps my knees are too pointed towards the ground which would elongnate my neck, causing some tension. Any thoughts?

  77. John Stills says:

    Some smartA– put a nail under my ball at work. I set down and “BOOM”! down I went in under a second! I know it was David over in the Sales Dept….I’ll get even with him, you wait David!

  78. Thanks dude!!All very good if you excercise ball doesn’t have a slow puncture!

  79. Jim McDowell says:

    I read this article, and frankly, it sounded completely obserd, just like one of these wife tales that people just take foregranted and follow them blindly. I have a disc injury. It has gotten better, and just for the heck of it, I instantly tried the swiss ball that I actually happen to have in my house, and guess what? I instantly started to feel pain. No, it does NOT improve your posture. In fact, a regular chair provides enough support to your lower back and upper back to ease the pain off the shoulders in ways that the ball not only is unable to do but in fact even make it worse. The ball instantly gave me a tremendous amount of pain. So, that should tell you something.

    Secondly, I work out. I find this attempt to sell this idea to lazy individuals as a quick and fun path to lose weight and gain the “six pack” to be misguiding. The best post I read so far was by W. Bowen – Bach. Ex Sci, Masters Ex Rehab, PHD. Listen to the man. At lease, he earned a degree in this field, allegedly.

    Anyway, just because you bounce and it feels like fun for a moment, it doesn’t mean it makes a good chair for work. For me, to work, I need to focus. I am an engineer and architect. I need to think. When I tried it minutes ago for about 10 minutes, I couldn’t even focus to read the rest of this thread. So, if it works for some people, then, all power to them. May be their job doesn’t require a lot of mental focus. Personally, I find it very hard to believe that you could actually study for your math exam while sitting on this ball.

    Jim

  80. DC says:

    Can’t sit and think. Now that is rediculous. Sitting on the ball is not going to stop one from thinking. Thinking about how uncomfortable you are, while sitting on the ball, might.

    I have used the ball and it doesn’t take any mental focus to sit on it.

    Just like any other exercise equipment, if it helps someone move around more or makes them think about their posture, that is great. If not, don’t use it. That simple. I think it does help me concentrate on my posture.

    When I need a little pick-me-up or boost of energy I do a couple crunches using the ball and keep on working. Instant energy.

    And I too, am an engineer.

  81. Dale Durthailer says:

    I have a big blue ball, like Helen a few post up. I heard on the news today that if I bounce to hard on my ball, it could rupture. Anyone else heard of their ball rupturing from bouncing on it to hard?

  82. Rebecca says:

    My office is testing this theory today. I’ve always been a fan of the ball for exercising.

    So far (4 hours in), I’m finding it does motivate me to sit with good posture. There are some temptations to rest your weight on your elbows (on the desk)… the solution is, don’t do it :)

    The amazing thing is the tension in my neck and shoulders (been there for all 4 years I’ve had a desk job), is significantly decreased! I felt the difference almost immediately, and it has been getting better throughout the day.

    We’ll keep at it for a month! It is certainly worth trying.

    For added “exercise”–keep your knees together. This promotes better posture and sure gives your thighs a workout :)

  83. Angie says:

    Need your help, please!!
    My kitten must have attacked my exercise ball bcz I recently discovered a tiny hole in it and since I’ve only had it less than a month I’d prefer to repair it before I buy a new one. Can anybody offer any suggestions on the best way to repair it? I was going to try using a tire repair kit that would be used for a bike tire but I wanted to get some suggestions first.

  84. Owen says:

    I just recently traded my office chair in for an exercise ball and after only a couple of days, I have been feeling and sleeping like a million bucks. Sitting on an exercise ball will also increase your height because of your improved posture.

  85. I’ve heard this too but I must say that I’ve was at my desk for 9 hours today and now 2 hours at home. There is just no way I could possibly sit on a ball for 11 hours. Maybe as a nice change but 11 hours is just too much.

  86. Angie I think the tire repair kit will do!
    The exercise ball is great, but my desk is too high for the one we have at home, too bad!

  87. Josh says:

    great tips,

    I always use an exercise ball as a chair.

    I find that I am more focus while working on a ball aswell.

  88. larry says:

    We have been using the gym ball to help patients rehab back pain injuries for years and we do recommend them as chairs. It works for most people not all.

  89. ForumNeti says:

    Thanks for the information.

  90. It’s great idea. But i can’t use exercise ball as chair in office. It’s helps to my back pain.

  91. All I can say is holy crap! Who knew? Exercise balls it is from now on!

  92. Videozaplat says:

    It works for most people not all.

  93. Steven Lance says:

    We have a white exercise ball here at our office, i will try to use it right now.

  94. Filip says:

    Geoff, thank you for the great article, and you too Daniel for the more insightful tone.

    Naturally, I’ve developed certain back problems from prolonged exposures to unfit sitting positions across the years. Recently it amounted to continuous back pain and I decided to throw out the chair permanently and swap it with an exercise ball.

    I feel much better now I and I hope to remedy the pressure I’ve been placing on the lower back region that made the spline appear very stiff and left the muscles around it undeveloped.

    The one thing I definitely recommend is that you pay attention to get a big enough ball. I have a very tall table and my shoulders and arms hurt a lot when I used to sit a bit longer. I may presume that there would be people who would like this kind of pain to a certain degree, but I don’t think, say per ergonomics, that this would be recommended. Can anyone say more on this?

  95. I felt a million time better after getting a ball to sit on instead of my chair!

    They make the world of difference

  96. eric cantona says:

    Thanks for the information.

  97. Pi TASARIM says:

    Hopefully this makes it a legitimate chair in his mind. That’s my hope at least. I keep getting my ‘chair’ hurled at me in the living room. lol

  98. jason says:

    I felt a million time better after getting a ball to sit on instead of my chair!

  99. Thanks for the information.

  100. She says it seems to help all of them focus their mind better when they can bounce around and let off some of their energy!

  101. arabam says:

    I felt a million time better after getting a ball to sit on instead of my chair!

    They make the world of difference

  102. arabam says:

    Can anybody offer any suggestions on the best way to repair it? I was going to try using a tire repair kit that would be used for a bike tire but I wanted to get some suggestions first.

  103. I just got a fitness ball for my desk too. I’m going to link to this article/post. thanks!

  104. axii says:

    it is good application and discuss platform thanks

  105. Forum says:

    Need your help, please!!
    My kitten must have attacked my exercise ball bcz I recently discovered a tiny hole in it and since I’ve only had it less than a month I’d prefer to repair it before I buy a new one. Can anybody offer any suggestions on the best way to repair it? I was going to try using a tire repair kit that would be used for a bike tire but I wanted to get some suggestions first.

  106. joan neal says:

    thx for this great information

    5. Get that 6-pack you’ve been wanting. Your body primarily uses your core (abdominal) muscles to help compensate for changes in balance.

  107. Connie says:

    Great info. You are right. Every since I started using an exercise ball for my workouts last year, I use to have bad leg circulation. Not anymore. I have no more leg pain and I workout with my exercise ball about 3-4 times a week. It has worked wonders for me and my leg circulation has greatly improved.

  108. Youtube Gir says:

    Despite lumbar support and ergonomic positiong; office chairs aren’t very good for your body, you’re…

  109. Uzay says:

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  110. I too have started using the Gymball to watch TV at night. it stops me dozing off in the middle of my favorite show

  111. radyo dinle says:

    It has worked wonders for me and my leg circulation has greatly improved.

  112. bingo says:

    Yes, there are too many exercises to do.

  113. sikiş says:

    Despite lumbar support and ergonomic positiong; office chairs aren?t very good for your body, you?re?

  114. Office Worker says:

    what if your co workers want you to do it but you’re scared and then they want you to pay if you dont want to sit on it but in reality you have a fear of bouncy balls from when you were a kid and your mom used to hit you with them when youd talk back to her because she had emotional issues due to her 3rd husband calling her “Adam” while he would hit her with scrambled eggs? How does it help your yoga?

  115. oes tsetnoc says:

    yes, i am using that exercise ball here in our home. it is one of my tool when exercising and warm-up.

  116. I had never thought of this, I can easily see that it would help you keep your back strait when I think about it. Well done.

  117. PS: This might become quite tiring, although good for your spine.

  118. Chelsea says:

    I bought a ball chair from http://www.sitbetter.com and I couldn’t be happier. When I am working I am getting a work out at the same time but not doing anything! And it really improved my posture, I used to slump back in my chairs but the ball chair makes you sit up straight. I tried using just a regular exercise ball and it would just slip and slide away. With the ball chair it is held in place and you don’t slide away as you would if you were just using a regular exercise ball. Highly recommend!

  119. sedat says:

    I have a big blue ball, like Helen a few post up. I heard on the news today that if I bounce to hard on my ball, it could rupture. Anyone else heard of their ball rupturing from bouncing on it to hard?

  120. thank you Helen a few post up. I heard on the news today that if I bounce to hard on my ball, it could rupture. Anyone else heard of their ball rupturing from bouncing on it to hard?

  121. sevişme says:

    thanks for this great information.

  122. Buy Generic says:

    Hello, It has worked wonders for me and my leg circulation has greatly improved.

  123. dizi izle says:

    Hello, It has worked wonders for me and my leg circulation has greatly improved.

  124. This does sound like a great idea! I spend soooo many hours a day in front of the computer, and using an exercise ball as a chair will definitely turn my slouching into a much healthier posture. What really appeals to me is the abdominal workout that I can expect to get!

  125. darci says:

    Funny, I just came up with this idea on my own today, thought I was a genius, and now I see people have been doing it for a long time :) But I love the freedom of rolling around in front of the PC. I’m 61, in excellent shape, meditate and do yoga everyday; it’s just that I work at my computer, and I have some serious back issues. I plan to give this ball chair a really good try. Already I’m experimenting with how I can stretch back and forward, side to side. This just HAS to be better for my back and my poor posture than that office chair. Thanks for the article.

  126. I am not sure if this could improve your work productivity as it will always disturb you and your thoughts. It is better to install some soft on your PC that is switching it off for you to walk around a bit and make your eyes rest a b

  127. I have one of these, but I also have a ‘normal’ office chair. It gets tiring sitting on a ball all day or even for hours at a time. I couldn’t get rid of my normal chair because I needed to focus for at least part of the day.

  128. used tires says:

    I don’t know… I am not necessarily fond the idea of having an exercise ball as a computer chair. I can see all the benefits, but its just not practical in my opinion, and even a chiropractor that I saw recently said the same thing to me.

    Till then,

    Jean

  129. we have also that exercise ball on our office here. i will try to exercise with it, thanks for this information

  130. I’ve found that sitting and bouncing on an exercise ball while watching TV to be very effective in strengthening my back muscles. Had not thought about using it throughout the day while working at the desk. Will have to give that a go.

  131. Linda says:

    Reason #11 -Can’t cross your legs. I’ve always been told how harmful it is to cross your legs when sitting…causes broken veins. If you’re in the habit of crossing your legs while sitting at your desk, get an exercise ball.

  132. Tom says:

    I tried using an exercise ball at work, but didn’t like it because it was too low and wouldn’t swivel, restricting my access to the phone. I bought a ball-bearing lazy susan base at the hardware store and mounted it between two one-foot square pieces of 3/4″ plywood. Eureka! Solved both problems and I love it. Made one for my desk at home also.
    It does seem important to have them well inflated.

  133. Tom says:

    Forgot to say that the “Stayball” with sand in the bottom works great.

  134. videozaplat says:

    thank you for your information

  135. I never even thought about trying an exercise ball as an office chair. I have heard about how beneficial they can be, which on the surface seems a little bit silly, but it has been proven scientifically to be very effective. Just be careful not to take a nasty fall.

  136. Justin says:

    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.

  137. Thanks for share weth me, this very useful..

  138. I have one of these, but I also have a ‘normal’ office chair. It gets tiring sitting on a ball all day or even for hours at a time. I couldn’t get rid of my normal chair because I needed to focus for at least part of the day.

  139. Crazii Rabbit says:

    “Rich G. said

    am April 20 2007 @ 8:44 pm

    Great article, sending it to my room mate who makes fun of me for using the exer-ball for a chair!

    Hopefully this makes it a legitimate chair in his mind. That’s my hope at least. I keep getting my ‘chair’ hurled at me in the living room. lol”

    ITA!!! My husband has soccer matches with me everytime he comes in my office!

  140. Jess says:

    I just barely got the ball and i love it. My back is so sore already! The reason i got the ball is because I need to strengthen my back-i broke it twice haha. Also, it’s nice to be getting some exercise everyday while i’m sitting in a cubicle!

  141. Selah says:

    I am 8 months pregnant and suffering SEVERE sciatic pain. After only a few days on sitting on a ball (75cm) I can feel the difference in the pain in my back. I also had a 100 cm big blue ball a few years ago, anti burst resistant, and yes, it did rupture, however it was from my sister playing with my dog with it. So. Don’t abuse them. It was totally not a factory defect. But, if you ARE planning on getting one, I do recommend an anti burst one. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of a cure, you know.

  142. Sage Michaels says:

    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.

    It definitely breaks the sedentary bordom of listening to tech support calls all day long. I also find I don’t “get tired” at work anymore. Keeps me alert, and awake. I’d recomend this to anyone willing to give it a try.

  143. Ames says:

    I got a 16 dollar 65 cm one, and can’t keep the kids off of it, also can’t keep them off my computer lol.
    It is fun, and I can feel some sore muscles that I had not felt before, so I do believe I am using some previously unused muscles. Bouncing is lots of fun.
    However, it actually is possible to slouch on it, believe me I can slouch on anything, lol.
    But as long as you do some bouncing, it will straighten you up and make you feel perky.

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  145. Contrave says:

    Sounds like this idea would be a killer on your back, I think I might stick to a chair even with the posture benefits.

  146. michael says:

    Lots of good comments here regarding sitting on the exercise ball.

    I think that the back pain people are experiencing is due to bad posture whilst sitting on the ball, I also get this pain and I am more mindful about my posture.

    I have been sitting on the ball for about 2 months and riding into work, I have lost weight and increased my core stability and strength.

    Anyone thinking about purchasing a ball should get the best quality they can afford (as many ribs as possible) and start slowly as if you do not have great posture you will slouch and you will get back pain.

    Lots of the guys in my office want to buy one but are cautious about the long term effects. I wonder if there has been any academic studies completed on this?

    Good luck,

    Michael

  147. I have one of these lying around. I’m going to try this. Thanks for the recommendation!

  148. I’ve been doing this for over a year now and it’s amazing how firm my midriff has become. As many have noted though, it can cause some back pain in some, so gradually ease yourself in to it. Also, there is no need to sit on it all day. You’d be surprised at the benefits gained by spending just an hour a day on it.

  149. Nancy G. says:

    Just a cautionary note about these chairs…I purchased the version which sits in a rolling base and used it for 4-5 months at work in hopes it would alleviate my bad back. I’m in IT so my taskes are computer intesive and sit for minimum 10 hours a day. I first developed bladder pain and then a startling cascade of problems; 4 MRIs, 2 CT scans and 2 ultrasounds later, I found out I developed Pedundal Neuralgia & Piriformis syndrome—all from sitting on this chair. Granted, it’s likely due to HOW I was sitting on it (sitting slightly forward/off center when I was leaning into my keyboard tray) and with my legs apart (in a “V” shape) that caused this to happen. I know have MONTHS of physical therapy ahead and at this point I cannot sit at all, in any chair, without pain and numbness. Trust me, look up pedundal neuralgia and you’ll see why you don’t want this to happen. If you do use these chairs, use them for short periods and swap with a regular chair often throughout the day and be VERY mindful of HOW you are sitting on it.

  150. lolai says:

    i bouhgt the mine in http://www.leball.com is amazing good one!

  151. Chris says:

    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

  152. I also purchased one and I am very satisfied. I use it as a normal chair, I exercise on it and watch TV sitting on it. Great invention!!!

  153. Hannah says:

    After reading this article, the company I work for decided to buy fit balls for everyone who wanted to use them as their seat! They arrived today and we are having a “Grab Your Balls” lunch. The company is providing food and drink and will be distributing the balls at that time! We are very excited to start using them!! Thank you!

  154. Dara Wong says:

    I sit on my fit ball everyday. My new blog is about how great it is for you. Check it out: http://stoneweardesigns.wordpress.com/
    I never thought about what is affected when you change positions. Normally people in swivel chairs just turn and it does nothing for the body.

  155. april bott says:

    I just started using the excerise ball at my desk at home and LOVE it. The only 2 problems I have experienced are that my back is a little sore, probably because it is not very strong yet, and I get dizzy when I am reading the computer screen and bouncing on the ball! Otherwise, I think it is really helping with my core muscles.

  156. I’ve used the exercise for a while now and I wouldn’t change it for anything. First it was hard to get used to it and I thought it was a bad idea but after some time I started to feel the difference, especially in my back and now I know how good it is.

  157. pita bread says:

    I totally love my exercise ball, gives me the comfort I need while working in front of the computer. And when I take a break I can always do some exercise, stretch a bit and then come back to work! Great invention!

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  159. j says:

    i’ve been using an exercise ball in my office for quite a while now, and i’ve had lots of co-workers ask about it, but no one else has been brave enough to give it a try yet. i love everything about it and even got one for my home office (my cat popped one already, unfortunately).

    the only thing i’m not so in love with, and i have a hard time believing i’m the only one having this problem, is that my butt gets sweaty if i stay seated for a long time, which is often the case. i’ve been using a chair pad at work, but it’s less comfortable and i have to adjust it all the time, and a folded towel at home. has anyone else come up with any solutions for sweaty-butt yet?

  160. Maggie says:

    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.

  161. I haven’t had the chance to try this magic ball everyone is talking about. But the article presents so many advantages that I’m thinking about getting one of these exercise balls. My spine really suffers when I sit in one position for over eight hours and It would be really good to take care of it now, when it’s not too late yet.

  162. Ry says:

    I recently bought one of these as I sit in a chair all day working, and its great I think. Constantly moving around, you can bounce around a bit and work on balance/leg muscles and its just more fun than a chair!

    To start with I was getting some back pain due to being too used to a chair, but now I can sit on it for ages and not notice anything.

  163. I use one on one of my desks. The only problem I have with it is that I sweat more when using the ball. I sweat in just the area that contacts the plastic. I am thinking about making a pad to go over my ball. Yes a mesh seat to go on my ball.

  164. esenyurt says:

    I’ve used the exercise for a while now and I wouldn’t change it for anything. First it was hard to get used to it and I thought it was a bad idea but after some time I started to feel the difference, especially in my back and now I know how good it is.

  165. esenyurt says:

    I totally love my exercise ball, gives me the comfort I need while working in front of the computer. And when I take a break I can always do some exercise, stretch a bit and then come back to work! Great invention!

  166. amanda says:

    Is it not working out your legs more than your abs?

  167. When I hired a fitness trainer, he told me the exercise ball was the greatest piece of exercise equipment anyone could purchase. It’s great for stretches, cardio, ab workouts and makes a pretty comfortable “weight bench” when using dumbbells.

  168. shellis says:

    I had been wanting to get one for a long time. I am a gamer and spend TOO much time in front of my computer :-) Recently had a nasty back issue happen and have siatica as well as a bad disc now so i went ahead and bought it 65″ ball and i love it. I can sit without the pressure with added pain on my lower back. I still feel the sciatic pinch but it is not nearly as bad and it takes a long time to become unbearable unlike in a regular chair or even the car where it is just MIN and i am in tears for the pain. The meds i am on have added 20 lbs to my weight and the inability to move a lot has hindered any realy attempts at losing this weight. So i am working out while sitting on my ball with the blessing of my physiotherapist and hopefully it will speed my recovery.

  169. I have committed to a healthier lifestyle lately and was just doing some research on ball chairs – mainly cuz I’m a TWIT fan. I’m definitely getting one on the way home tonight!

  170. Is it not working out your legs more than your abs?

  171. Thanks for your advice. I tried this strategy and i saw that i mostly works.

  172. I have been giving my office an overhaul and I think this would be a good addition, plus make it a bit more fun to work. I have horrible posture and I am hoping that this will help.

  173. Lucinda Lewis says:

    I just bought a 65cm ball. It seems right for my height but a little short for my desk. Should I get a 75cm ball?

  174. nice web site admin thanx

  175. Steve R says:

    I bought one to use in an effort to make my hips more flexible for riding horses and minimize the amount of stretching time I need to devote to that before getting on. Works great for that.

    The core strength aspect was a bonus. I decided to use it in place of my chair in my home office and unless I’m especially prone to slouch that day, it seems to help a bit with posture along with balance.

    My only issues are two:

    On a hard floor (as opposed to carpet) it rotates from getting on and off enough to get every part of the ball dirty, so wearing good clothes isn’t a good idea if you have it on a hard floor.

    It can get punctured and gradually deflate. I am trying “Slime” tire puncture repair on it. To be sure the stuff got to the right spot I squirted some in while the ball was very flat with the puncture oriented to the ground. Then I pinched the walls of the ball and rubbed the slime around the punctured area to be sure at least some of ther product got where it was needed, reinflated with the puncture down, and am leaving it set up with the puncture at the lowest point by placing the ball in a bi bowl to hold it steady. So far, so good.

  176. CoryB says:

    I have been sitting on a ball for work for the past 6 years. I don’t see myself ever going back to a chair, unless forced to do so. I’m a sloucher and the balls keeps me form doing that.

  177. Meaghan says:

    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)

  178. Jules says:

    To Lucinda Lewis, I am 5’6″ and use the 75cm ball at my work desk and it puts me at the perfect height with knees slightly bent almost parallel to the floor.

  179. I am giving it a try with sitting on the ball at work. This is my first day and currently my back is hurting a little bit. But it might be because I never exercise and now those muscles are working.

    I also have the same problem with sweat! I am not sure about the solution. I guess this makes me stand up every 2-3 hours which is a good practice. I will blog about my experience after one week of sitting on the ball. Read my post at azamsharp.com after one week of this post.

  180. thenk you for admin..

  181. David says:

    OMG decided to get an exercise ball and pumped it up today. Amazing i love it to pieces, as a games programmer i have spent plenty of time at my computer and was recently thinking more and more about investing in a decent chair as my posture isn’t perfect. But i decided to give the ball a go first (£7.49 on ebay)

    I’m 6 foot 3 inches tall so i went for the 70cm diameter ball (currently inflated to about 68cm) Can’t stop bouncing… for anyone not sure, do it!!!!

  182. Moni says:

    I just bought my stability (exercise) ball. Had used one in physical therapy, and love it. I just went and bounced (gently) on it giggling madly (I’m in my 30s!!). I can definitely slouch on it, but when I do, i sway more, side-to-side, so it does definitely prompt proper posture.

  183. Sidney says:

    I’ve just begun my ball chair journey today! I was renting my extra bedroom to a friend in need she recently moved out. over the week i’ve been converting the spare room into my home office/art studio. I’ve just set up my laptop stand and while comtemplating places to sit my excercise ball caught my eye. I have to admit I have barely used it since I got it! considering all of the hours i spend on my laptop i will being using it all the time! i’m very excited and i look forward to improving my posture and slimming down a little if i’m lucky!

  184. Yoga Loo says:

    I love it. Don’t try this if your new. For those of you with excellent balance try sitting in simple crossed legged pose, sit tall pull in your abs rest your palms on the keyboard shelf as you type. It feels like levitating at my keyboard.

  185. Junker says:

    I sit on an exercise ball 9 hours a day at work and it’s great! I am 7 months pregnant and can not sit on the egonormic chair for more than 5 min without my back starting to hurt. The ball is my best friend, though and no matter how much my co-workers make fun of me, it’s so worth sitting on it. There is an added benefit that I can’t cross my legs, which is bad for your circulation.
    I wish I had discovered this earlier; it would have saved me some serious back pain in my previous pregnancy!
    It does take some getting used to, though. I could only sit on it for about an hour a day without losing the correct posture, but now I have no problem sitting on it all day.

  186. KBarehand says:

    My bf came home one day and said his ‘fit’ co-worker used a ball. The next day I took mine to work to try it out. I loved it. I immediately felt more “alive” and less fatigued by 2pm.. I sit at my desk all day and have had chronic back pain. This has helped immensely! I highly recommend to anyone. I also noticed a reduced “love handle” and definitely forces me to sit up. When I broke my foot, I had to change to a regular chair and boy did it hurt walking and I was in a slouch position more often. It was painful going back to a regular chair. Luckily my office just laughed at first, but now they like to come and steal my chair or play with it. I also do like to stretch in my cubby-hole when no one is watching. ;)

  187. Gekko says:

    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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