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exercise balls vs. desk chairs
Do exercise balls help you at all? I feel so lazy sitting at my desk all day - and i always forget to get up and do stretches.
Tue. Oct 10, 7:39pm
Yes, they do help! I recommend them to my clients and have used one for years as a chair in my massage practice. Basically, if you flub your posture, you start to fall off. It would be wise to start off by doing a couple hours at a time until you acclimate though, then gradually increase until you are completely "on the ball"!
Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 8:45 PM
Yes! I recommend them too. Totally improves your alignment and posture and engages muscles that wouldn't normally be engaged.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 10:04 AM
how big a ball do you recommend using in place of a desk chair? can you recommend a brand, too?
Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 2:23 PM
I jsut got mine at Walmart. Can't remember the brand. But, it has lasted for years. Got to add air once in a while, but that's normal. I didn't know they had different sizes.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 3:27 PM
so it's just a regular ol' exercise ball that's used instead of a chair? do you need to buy a special air pump to refill?
Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 3:43 PM
Mine came with it's own air pump. Just the cheap kind you sit on the floor and pump it with your foot. But it works. Now I don't sit on mine all day at the office, but I use it for exercise. It is made out of a thick PVC like plastic.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 3:59 PM
These are sized according to your height, just check the box. ! I find that for sitting, I want a ball slightly on the larger size of the range. For working out, on the smaller end of the recommended sizing. Remember to pump it up every couple weeks to keep the firmness totally good, if you're using it for sitting.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 10:56 PM
i have sat on one for over a year but i dont know how much of a difference it makes??
Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 11:11 PM
I just started this last week and the difference I really notice is that I have to get UP for everything I use to just roll or rotate my chair for. I know that having to get up just to rotate my body is adding to my exercise. Besides - I tend to bounce with the music I listen to then. After only one week, I'm totally hooked!
Friday, October 20, 2006, 5:45 PM
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