Friday, August 19, 2011

Exercising at Work?

If your job is like mine, you spend the majority of your time at a desk staring at your computer screen between 9-5.  It doesn't take a health expert to realize this is not the best for your body.  Then, a co-worker had a wonderful idea.  Bring your exercise ball to work, and do some bouncing.  My thoughts to far is that it is fun. I am still adjusting to being able to type while on the ball but its coming along. 

I found some other interesting reasons for why it is good for you and thought I would share.  These come from GearFire.

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.

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.

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.


  1. we are seriously the coolest kids alive

  2. I have thought about ditching my desk chain in favor of an exercise ball...but I was afraid some people at my job (a police department) might make fun of me. It is great you all are doing it though, and it gives me inspriration.

  3. I love the exercise ball chair. I used to use it all the time to help my little guy fall asleep. He loved the gentle bouncing motion. Have a great weekend!


  4. Great tips! I have been thinking about getting a ball for my office. Maybe I will now!

  5. We always joked about then when I worked, but never actually did it. Good to see you did!

  6. Such a good idea! My husband did that at his old office. If it was appropriate I'd definitely get one of those balls for work.

  7. Okay that is too cool for school! Hubby and I are getting ready to re-arrange our home office and put in two desks...I may have to get an exercise ball!

  8. I totally want an exercise ball- but I am afraid I would roll off too much. Haha My office does "Office Yoga" everyday. Just 15 minutes of office appropriate stretches- it makes a huge difference!

  9. I work at home so I have a bike downstairs that I am supposed to ride 5 times a week... supposed to be the key word. I find exercising very BORING.


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