Swiss ball in lieu of office chair???

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    Jul 22, 2011 2:03 PM GMT
    I would be curious to hear from guys who sit on Swiss balls in the office in lieu of desk chairs. A colleague, whose boyfriend is a trainer, swears by her ball for posture and ab activation. My trainer warned they are too low for most desks and keyboard trays, thereby engendering a whole suite of ergonomic issues.

    Anybody use them? Do they help your core and posture? Office mates look askance?
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    Jul 22, 2011 2:09 PM GMT
    My secretary used to do this, until I showed her this:

    http://www.ergoweb.com/news/detail.cfm?id=1091

    CYA (or in this case, CMA).
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    Jul 22, 2011 2:18 PM GMT
    I tried it, but your trainer is right...it's way too low.
    I also tried putting a thick pillow on top of it. That helped, but it's cumbersome to keep replacing/rebalancing the pillow every time you get up.
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    Jul 22, 2011 2:41 PM GMT
    When I'm working out of the house, I'll sometimes use it for a few minutes at a time. I don't think the Swiss ball was supposed to replace the chair.
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    Jul 22, 2011 2:44 PM GMT
    just sit on a chair properly, it'll be just as effective a workout.
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    Jul 22, 2011 3:34 PM GMT
    Ermine saidWhen I'm working out of the house, I'll sometimes use it for a few minutes at a time. I don't think the Swiss ball was supposed to replace the chair.


    It is definitely not! If you lose just a bit of focus you my wrench your lower back. Unless you are one of the lucky few who sit in the office and dont do much.
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    Jul 22, 2011 4:37 PM GMT
    I've never tried it, but have considered raising the desk to a height where I could work standing up. A high-stool or chair could be used if one really needed to sit down. Where I used to work, the graphics department had raised all of their office furniture and they said they liked it. But those guys only worked 6 hour shifts.

    Conversely, one could lower them, I suppose.

    There are some high-end lab benches with hydraulic or pneumatic legs, that let you adjust the height for different users. We looked at them because we had people from 4'11" to 6'8". They were really, really expensive though.
  • monet

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    Jul 22, 2011 6:56 PM GMT
    This is the type of workout chair I use:

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    Jul 22, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
    Once the novelty has worn off, I imagine it would become pretty annoying.
  • fitdude62

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    Jul 22, 2011 7:13 PM GMT
    It actually works fine and I have used one for years.

    Things to address, as posted above:

    Height - You need to find the largest size ball and even then, depending on your desk you may need to lower the keyboard height, keeping your hands at or just below the elbow level.

    Find a "Stay ball", these have a little sand in them and keeps them from rolling away from you when you stand.

    It works well for some and doesnt work at all for others. Dont throw away your old chair.....lol

    As posted above also: if you just really keep good posture and dont sit back in the chair and lounge you'll be almost as engaged.

    Peace
  • htex24

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    Jul 22, 2011 7:28 PM GMT


    the Salli chair... ergonomics for your package? lol my friend said most dentists in Europe use this in their office!
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    Jul 23, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    No. Think about it. Every time you're sitting on the swiss ball, you're balancing yourself and working your core. Do that for 8 - 10 hours a day, and you'll come home feeling fatigued. And yes, there's a matter of desk height.

    If you want better posture, then sit correctly. If you want a better core, then do some planks at the gym and do some powerlifting as well.
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    Jul 23, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    Oops! I guess I must be one of the lucky ones. I have been using it as a chair for about 10 years now, while holding scissors too!icon_eek.gif