CommunityBrowse groupsBlogEtiquetteInvite Your friendsSuccess Stories


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

Add comment  
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

Add comment
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

Add comment
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

Add comment
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

Add comment
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

Add comment
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

Add comment
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

Add comment
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

Add comment
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

Add comment

Related Content:

How To Lose Weight- The Basics
Weight Watchers Points System
The Fat Smash Diet
The Eat To Live Diet
The Beck Diet Solution
How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight


How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer

How To Burn Fat
Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Tips On Using PEERtrainer
Visit The PEERtrainer Community
Diet and Fitness Resources


Weight Watchers Meetings
Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
How I Became A Marathon Runner


Preventive Health

How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
Reversing Disease Through Nutrition

New Diet and Fitness Articles:

Weight Watchers Points Plus
How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program

Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:

Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
How To Delay Short Term Gratification
How To Stay Motivated
How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule

Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions

Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
Are Protein Drinks Safe?
Nutrition As Medicine?

Everyday Weight Loss Tips

How To Eat Healthy At A Party
How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
The Three Bite Rule
Tips On How To Stop A Binge