Bouncin on my ball

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    Jan 30, 2008 3:35 PM GMT
    This year I switched my desk chair out for a swiss ball. I've heard it helps with posture, core stregnth and even people, like myself, who need help concentrating at boring desk jobs.

    I would like to reap more of the benefits of this. Does anyone else sit on a ball at work? Do you do any stretches or excercises throughout the day?
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    Jan 30, 2008 3:38 PM GMT
    DJBens77 saidThis year I switched my desk chair out for a swiss ball. I've heard it helps with posture, core stregnth and even people, like myself, who need help concentrating at boring desk jobs.

    I would like to reap more of the benefits of this. Does anyone else sit on a ball at work? Do you do any stretches or excercises throughout the day?


    I spent a year sitting on my ball after my car crash and if it hadnt been for that would never have been able to keep up the gym. Massively beneficial for physio but a waste of bloody efforts in the gym (feel like going round and bursting then when people do half arsed crunches on them)
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    Jan 30, 2008 3:40 PM GMT
    I've never heard of using swiss balls to sit on at work... I wonder if I could get my job to buy me one instead of a ergonomic chair that I so desperately need.
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    Jan 30, 2008 3:47 PM GMT
    BlackJock79 saidI've never heard of using swiss balls to sit on at work... I wonder if I could get my job to buy me one instead of a ergonomic chair that I so desperately need.


    my current employers wouldnt let me cos of health and safety reasons!!!!!! Like people never trip over chairs!!!!!
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    Jan 30, 2008 4:06 PM GMT
    Reminds me of a funny (real) story...

    About 2 years ago, several people in my office bought the Swiss balls as replacements for their office chairs. One of the people extolled the virtues of the ball and said it really helped her realize how bad her posture was (using bad posture on a ball...you fall off) and to take corrective action.

    Then a certain extremely large woman bought one. She sat in a cubicle with her back to the corridor. Let's just say her extremely large rear end engulfed about half of the ball and became quite the shocking sight. (I never knew those balls could "bulge" so much) and people would stop and stare as if walking by an accident.

    One day there was a piercing scream. Seems the poor ball had finally had enough and it's seam started leaking. The combination of the leak plus the heavyweight on top sent the big lady head over heels (I believe the British call it "ass over tits").

    Because of the injuries the big girl received, the balls were "banned" from the workplace.

    (Common sense would tell you that if you can't do a squat with your own body weight...)
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    Jan 30, 2008 4:10 PM GMT
    http://www.ergoweb.com/news/detail.cfm?id=1091
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    Jan 30, 2008 4:13 PM GMT
    well there you go - balls are bad
  • dhinkansas

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    Jan 30, 2008 4:17 PM GMT
    Imagine, taking the request to the HR department:
    Yes, My employees have requested to sit on balls all day. Strictly for health reasons of course. Sitting on said balls will be good for posture, not as tiring, leading to better attendance because employees will want to come to work to sit on balls.

    Interesting theory. One of the hardest things is to find a comfortable office chair.
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    Jan 30, 2008 4:27 PM GMT
    I am surprised that places have banned them. I did have one mishap. I went to sit down without looking where my butt was planting. All balls have one thing in common - they roll. Mine rolled away without me noticing and I came crashing down on my ass. The sad part is I knew the ball was missing about a half second after I had commited my full body weight to sitting. My fall was in slow motion it seemed.

    Interesting about spine compression. I do stretch my back out during the day. I can't see that my slouching in crappy desk chairs could be any healthier.
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    Jan 30, 2008 7:16 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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    Jan 30, 2008 8:12 PM GMT
    We all need to have fun with our balls.
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    Jan 30, 2008 11:00 PM GMT
    rigsby saidThis 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



    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  • kinetic

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    Jan 30, 2008 11:10 PM GMT
    I was gonna say...
    Try having sex on it.
    Its loads of fun! (foot in mouth >_< )
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    Jan 30, 2008 11:17 PM GMT
    It's not a good idea to sit on the ball all day long at first as the affected muscles tend to tire quickly. Work up to it.
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    Jan 31, 2008 12:05 AM GMT
    Well it could be a good career move. You can tell your boss you are always "on the ball", and if he doesn't believe you he can just come by your desk and see.
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    Jan 31, 2008 4:42 AM GMT
    I have had several clients who have opted to use a ball chair only to go back to a regular desk chair after a few months. Usually the problem with most desk chairs is that they are not adjusted properly and cause the user to sit incorrectly. I would recommend that you speak to your HR person and have an Ergonomic Advisor review and adjust your desk chair, desk height, keyboard and monitor for you so that you are properly aligned. It makes a world of difference and most HR people are open to it since it reduces work place stress, increases productivity and greatly reduces workman's comp claims. With the ball chair you may be sitting upright but the remainder of your workspace will be ergonomically incorrect.
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    Jan 31, 2008 8:14 AM GMT
    Sometimes, when sitting in my ergonomic chair, I slouch and do stuff with my balls. I least I'm trying.
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    Jan 31, 2008 11:27 PM GMT
    Are we talking about just a plain old swiss ball on the floor? Or, the kind that are in some sort of stabilizing chair type contraption?

    Just wondering. I've been considering getting one of these for my desk at home.

    Thanks!