Tips for Using an Exercise Ball as Desk Chair
Our most popular item in the WorkingAway shop is our Exercise Ball Desk Chair. It is a very simple concept with some very powerful results. But to get the most out of this item you want to make sure that you understand how and why to use this core strengthening tool.
Why an Exercise Ball is Better Than a Desk Chair
Using a free standing yoga ball in place of a traditional desk chair forces your body to engage the core muscles in order to maintain your balance on the ball. Just the act of sitting in place strengthens your stomach and back muscles, leading to better core strength and less back pain. Maintaining balance also burns more calories than simply slouching in a desk chair.
Choosing the Right Size
The most important decision in choosing the right yoga ball is deciding which size ball you should get. Sizing may vary depending on the amount of pressure you prefer in your exercise ball. Ideally, you want your thighs to be parallel to the floor, with your eyes looking in the middle of your computer screen.
Ball Size Recommendation (based on your height):
55 cm: 5'0" or under
65 cm: 5'0" - 5'5"
75 cm: 5'5" - 6'0"
85 cm: 6'0" - 6'8"
95 cm: 6'8" or taller (hello NBA!)
For more detailed instructions on how to choose the right size yoga ball, see this "How to Choose the Correct Size Yoga Ball" article at WikiHow.com
How to Use an Exercise Ball as a Desk Chair
When starting out, you will be working a new group of core muscles. As with all new exercise routines, you should start slowly and build up your strength. Start by using the ball in place of a desk chair for 15 minute increments a few times a day. As your body becomes stronger you can increase the amount and frequency of use until you are comfortable sitting at the ball chair all day. And of course, it never hurts to check with your physician.
If you're already using an exercise ball as a desk chair, we'd love to hear how it has worked for you!