Exercise balls for the office
Become a “baller” and take control of your health
Sitting all day in a traditional office chair can lead to back aches, blood circulation problems in your legs, tiredness, fatigue and all the issues associated with a sedentary work environment. If your job consists of staring at a computer screen most of the day — like most of America — you’re at risk of any or all of these health issues.
The beautiful thing about an exercise ball chair is that it helps alleviate these health concerns and actually promotes a healthier lifestyle. More on that later…
First, let’s take a look at what research and studies have shown about how sitting all day long effects your health.
Obviously, we love ball chairs and feel it’s the healthiest way to go if you have a desk job. But, don’t take our word for it. Read on to learn more.
Read what other publications are saying about the dangers of sitting all day at work
1.) A 2011 article published at NPR.org mentions a University of South Carolina study that showed men who reported more than 23 hours of sedentary activity per week were 64% more likely to die of heart disease compared to men who reported 11 hours or less sedentary activity. If you’re sitting even 5 hours per day at your desk job Monday through Friday, that’s 25 hours of sedentary activity right there!
Dr. Toni Yancey, a health professor at the University of California, suggests using an exercise ball chair over traditional chairs to promote increased movement throughout the workday. She points out, “it helps strengthen the core while improving balance and flexibility. It also requires more energy, so a few calories will be burned.”
2.) CNN did a report based on a study published in the 2015 edition of the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, which found that sitting for 8-12 hours per day increases risk of type 2 diabetes by a whopping 90%.
- CNN: Sitting will kill you, even if you exercise
- STUDY: Sedentary time and its association with risk for disease incidence, mortality, and hospitalization in adults
3.) A 2012 BBC article discussed how research shows sitting three or fewer hours per day, rather than all day long, can add two years to your life.
4.) Dr. Hidde van der Ploeg, a senior researcher at the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health, found that sitting for 11 or more hours per day increases risk of death by 40% regardless of how active the person is throughout the rest of the day. The research is summarized in a 2012 Huffington Post article.
5.) A 2013 article published by Runner’s World argues that even if you exercise 60 minutes per day you could still be considered not physically fit if you sit all day at work or home. In essence, the exercise is almost canceled out by hours of sitting each day. The article even goes as far as to comparing the negative health effects of sitting to smoking.
The list goes on and on, but you get the idea. Sitting at your desk all day is extremely unhealthy, and the only fix is to integrate more movement into your daily routine.
Research shows that taking frequent breaks to stand, stretch and walk around can help. For example, taking a short 5-10 minute break every hour. The key is to get moving!
How do yoga ball chairs help you steer clear of these health issues?
Firstly, ball chairs can’t work miracles! Swapping out your office chair with a sitting ball isn’t going to transform you into a fitness model! At least not without an iron clad healthy diet and grueling fitness regimen to go along with it. It’s important to be realistic from the get-go.
That said, yoga ball chairs can help improve your health and even help you burn a few extra calories each day. Ball chairs are a far healthier choice compared to a traditional office chair.
Here’s how balance ball chairs can help promote increased movement and physical activity throughout your workday:
- You’ll naturally sit up straighter on a ball, helping to promote improved blood circulation and better posture.
- You use your core and leg muscles constantly while sitting on a ball chair compared to hardly at all when on a traditional office chair.
- It’s easy to integrate simple exercises on a ball chair while you work, such as bouncing, abdominal squeezes or side bends.
- Sitting on a ball puts your body in a more active position that makes it easier to get up and move around, whereas melting into a comfy office chair makes it far too easy to fall into a sedentary trap for hours on end.
It’s these, and several other, key benefits that make these rubber ball chairs superior to other ergonomic office chairs on the market.
Make a small investment toward your health
For as little as $50-$100 you can take a big step toward improving your health.
I’d argue that these ergonomic office chairs will also help boost your productivity in the workplace. How? The increased physical activity you’ll naturally experience when utilizing a sitting ball, while subtle, will increase your energy levels and consequently, your productivity.
If it’s your maiden voyage on a ball chair, be sure to check out our first-timer’s guide for tips. You can also check out our reviews and product comparison pages by clicking over to the homepage. If you’re already convinced that a rubber ball chair is right for you, skip all the reading and click the link below to get started on your shopping trip.