09/24/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/23/2021 18:06
By Sara Butler
You know the truth: Sitting all day is not good for you. But you also know that your job requires hours each day seated to complete your tasks. How can this problem be solved? It may be time to play ball.
Using a stability ball in conjunction with an ergonomic office chair and standing desk may indeed be the answer to your sitting problem. In fact, using a stability ball for a few hours each day has some benefits to your posture as well as your overall health. Interested? Here are just a few advantages of adding a stability ball to your office chair rotation.
Your body was made to move. But as humans have advanced from hunters and mammoth slayers to a more sedentary existence with nary a woolly mammoth in sight, your body's desire to move hasn't changed. If you don't get a lot of movement in your day and spend a lot of time sitting, then it can impact your health in a variety of ways, such as:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 percent of people sit at least eight hours every day. Are you one of that 25 percent? If so, a stability ball may be exactly what you need.
Stability balls are common at the gym but less common at the office, something you should work to change. There are many benefits to using a stability ball for a few hours each day along with a good ergonomic office chair and a standing desk.
Studies have found that using stability balls as chairs at least part of the day helps to improve posture and balance, as well as give you more energy. It can help with back pain and discomfort, too. Sitting on a stability ball requires you to change your position frequently, activating muscles in the lower body and core. Being upright and balanced on a stability ball takes active effort even when you're not actively thinking about it as you type away at your keyboard. This is known as "active sitting."
Sure, it's not hunting woolly mammoths, but it's still small movements that can add up to big gains.
If you want to start using a stability ball in conjunction with your office chair and standing desk, there are a few things to be aware of to get the most out of it. You should:
A stability ball can be a great tool in your fight against too much sitting while still performing your job. To stay healthy and free from discomfort, don't forget to take regular breaks, at least once per hour, to stretch and walk around. That strategy, along with stability balls, ergonomic chairs, and standing desks may be the answer to your sedentary prayers.
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