Gym ball as 'office chair' - anyone else?

  • Tritimium

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    Jun 05, 2008 6:10 PM GMT
    Hey guys, just curious - do any of you with 'desk jobs' use a gym ball/Swiss ball to sit on, instead of a standard office chair? Or am I just weird? Actually, the main reason I use it as my chair is because my room (in a shared house) is too small for it! It's quite fun though. I like bouncing around at my desk. It works my abs while I'm typing away. And I can chuck it at my office mates if they're bullying meicon_smile.gif



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    Jun 05, 2008 9:25 PM GMT
    cool! i dont think it's weird, in fact i'm probably going to replace the chair at my computer desk with a swiss ball!
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    Jun 05, 2008 9:27 PM GMT
    I do and I love it! There was a thread about this a while back!

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/94609/
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    Jun 06, 2008 2:09 AM GMT
    I loved it... BUT... then my ball kept rolling away. As I am up and out of my desk alot... it was hard to keep it tethered and in others ways.
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    Jun 06, 2008 2:15 AM GMT
    Make sure you don't hunch over, proper posture! Sounds like a great idea!
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    Jun 06, 2008 2:55 AM GMT
    at the actual office? Hell to the Nah, Whitney Houston style
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    Jun 06, 2008 3:07 AM GMT
    I actually use a stability ball for my chair sometimes during the day for a couple of hours, especially when i'm sitting in front of the computer. It keeps me awake, it keeps me active and focused.
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    Jun 06, 2008 3:20 AM GMT
    It's a good idea. Great for posture and "core" stabilization/awareness and prevents you from slouching as that will make you roll off the ball. Also prevents dozing off. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 06, 2008 3:30 AM GMT
    I've been using a gym ball as a chair for weeks. It's great for posture and when I get bored with phone calls and webcasts, at least I can bounce! I do think it makes a difference to my posture.
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    Jun 06, 2008 5:08 AM GMT
    Definitely a must! It took a few months but did start to notice a firmer core, than what I already had prior.
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    Jun 08, 2008 10:43 PM GMT
    That is a damn good idea!
    Why didn't I think of that?? icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 08, 2008 11:20 PM GMT
    This video will show you how to use the ball to the best advantage. Be sure to watch the video to the end.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GP53tcYWKNU
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    Jun 09, 2008 12:57 AM GMT
    A couple of women at work use them to help relieve stress on their backs. They had to sign waivers so they would not sue the employer if they got injured using it.
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    Jun 10, 2008 8:37 PM GMT
    I use one at my desk at home. I love it!

  • Invidious

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    Jun 11, 2008 3:00 AM GMT
    Literally today at work, a woman using one of those balls as a chair had it come apart on her and send her to the floor. She was okay though.
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    Jun 11, 2008 3:12 AM GMT
    i'd never considered it but it sounds like a great idea- not terribly comfortable in the long term, but all the better of a work out because of it! i can imagine going home every day with a sore back, but that it'd be something resolved in time with the back's eventual strengthening :p and chucking it at ppl is certainly an advantage not to be ignored ;)
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    Jun 11, 2008 3:19 AM GMT

    This is a great idea! There was this chick once on the Evening News here that turned her treadmill into her workstation: had her phone and labtop built into the top part of it, very cool.
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    Jun 11, 2008 3:51 AM GMT
    I use one sometimes when im at my computer, and i realized it helped my core and balance. after awhile i found i can stand up on it
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    Jun 17, 2008 3:12 PM GMT
    DJBens77 saidI do and I love it! There was a thread about this a while back!

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/94609/


    Hey! Just for the record there was even _earlier_ post about this icon_razz.gif:
    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/37141/

    Basically, it sounds like a gym ball is a good long term office chair solution, for the majority of people anyway.

    I used the ball for awhile as an office chair and it felt great, cool, and hip! And then we had office environment inspections and this bitch of a woman comes by and very coolly seems to say "I'm not going to be your mom, but I'd recommend you not use the ball because of (bobloblawloblaw) ... in the end, though." I then get a forwarded email from my supervisor where she writes "I tried to tell him that the ball is bad, but he blatantly ignored my words." Ooooh, was I pissed.

    In the end though, after posting that above thread, I felt everything turned out for the better (my supervisor told me to get rid of the ball). It seems to make sense that a ball is not meant to support your spine ergonomically and that putting constant stress on it for 8 hours everyday was not a good idea (of course it's still great for workout).
  • cobratapout

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    Jun 17, 2008 9:59 PM GMT
    I saw a Swiss Ball (I call it a Physio Ball?) at my Chiropractor's office. His receptionist was using it as her "typing" chair.

    While I was waiting my rotation in to see the Chiropractor, I sat in it and was amazed at how comfortable it actually was.

    Admittedly I have not read this whole Thread but I did inquire of the Chiropractor as to cost and if I recall correctly, he said the Ball itself ran like $80 and the "insert" for the Ball to go into ran about $60, if anyone was curious as to cost?!;)

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    Jun 17, 2008 10:09 PM GMT
    Not sure what they mean by "insert", but the balance balls can be had pretty cheap, much less than $80 unless they have some special type for chiropractic use.

    I'd love to use one at work but I move around too much in my chair to have a ball be useful to me. I might take it home and try it there though =)
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    Jun 17, 2008 10:15 PM GMT
    I find that sitting on one induces almost instantaneous back spasms and pretty much assures that I'll be popping muscle relaxers just to get through the night for at least a week.icon_sad.gif