Teacher Replaces Classroom Chairs With Exercise Balls

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  • Many of us spend the majority of our professional lives sitting, which makes the office chair an all-important piece of furniture. Lately mine hasn't been cutting it, so as an experiment, I swapped my chair with an exercise ball. Here's what's been great about it, what's been less than perfect, and what you might want to consider if you're interested in switching to an exercise ball as your office chair.

    A version of this article appears in print on September 21, 2010, on page D5 of the with the headline: THE CLAIM: Replacing your desk chair with an exercise ball can improve your posture.

  • Many of us spend the majority of our professional lives sitting, which makes the office chair an all-important piece of furniture. Lately mine hasn't been cutting it, so as an experiment, I swapped my chair with an exercise ball. Here's what's been great about it, what's been less than perfect, and what you might want to consider if you're interested in switching to an exercise ball as your office chair.

    So when a friend tells you about an interesting possible solution to this problem, you’re intrigued. The advice your friend gave you was to replace your office chair with an exercise ball. That way, they claimed, you get a little extra exercise and develop better posture at the same time.

  • Originally designed as a toy called a Gymnastik, the exercise ball has predominantly been used in fitness and rehabilitation settings. Today, many office workers are replacing their desk chairs with an exercise ball chair because it provides a mini workout while at work. No need to go to the gym, simply sitting on an unstable ball engages and strengthens your core muscles. For more challenge, take a short work break and perform a few exercises.

Ask Well: Do Ball Chairs Offer Benefits? - The New York Times

Many of us spend the majority of our professional lives sitting, which makes the office chair an all-important piece of furniture. Lately mine hasn't been cutting it, so as an experiment, I swapped my chair with an exercise ball. Here's what's been great about it, what's been less than perfect, and what you might want to consider if you're interested in switching to an exercise ball as your office chair.