Simple Office Fitness: Replace Your Office Chair With An Exercise Ball
When I was in Portland this past month, I saw that many people in my work’s office were sitting on large exercise balls instead of office chairs. Curious, I researched the benefits and decided to purchase one for my home office. The benefits include:
- Improved posture – sitting on the ball forces you to sit up straight of you won’t be very comfortable
- Constant movement – Sitting for long periods of time can be bad for you, even when you exercise. Check out this recent study that was discussed on the New York Times. When you use an exercise ball for a chair, you are constantly repositioning yourself and are combatting this issue.
- Getting Jacked! – having a ball for a chair has encouraged me to exercise during my down time. Code is compiling…bang out some crunches. I will now do ~ 300 crunches per day while waiting for various tasks to complete.
- They are cheap – Most exercise balls range from $15-$25. Check out Amazon for some deals. I recently purchased one at Target on sale for $9.
- It’s fun – Need a break? Just bounce a bit on the ball 😉
While I’m not saying to completely replace your office chair with an exercise ball (you will end up switching back an fourth a bit), it is a great way to stay in shape and enforce good posture while at work.