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Top Fitness Exercise Balls For The Workplace - The New Office Desk Chair

Updated on March 24, 2013
Also called 'Stability Balls'
Also called 'Stability Balls'

Sitting All Day at Work?

If you have back problems from sitting all day long at an office really should try this new-found office chair. I myself am amazed at what a difference it has made in my health. I sit 9 hours a day at my job, and was experiencing chronic back pains/discomfort that seemed to only be getting worse. I knew that one of my big problems was my tendency to slouch when I sit in chairs. Because of that, I was not completely sure if there was any solution aside from tightly tying my back to the chair and strapping in!

A Low-Cost Solution

I have a co-worker who was already sold on using a ball-chair, as she had been on it for months. I was finally ready to try something out of the ordinary. Due to the low price of exercise balls, I had nothing to lose. Most work-out balls range from $20 to $39.00, depending on quality and company selling it. We have tried a couple of different brands here before finding the best one. Keep in mind also, it is imperative to purchase the CORRECT SIZE for yourself. The balls come in 55, 65, or 75cm. The good ones are rated for over 2000lbs., so weight is not really the issue. It is your height that will affect the proper fit at a work-desk. I am only 5' tall, so I ordered the small 55cm ball, and it fits perfectly. My co-worker is between 5'6 & 5'7, and she uses the 65cm. Then my boss purchased one...HE is tall, roughly 6'2, and does well with the 75cm. There are sizing guides for the stability balls used for fitness, and it pretty much works out the same. You can use the height chart below.

under 4’10″ 16″ or 42cm
4’11″ – 5’4″ 21″ or 55cm
5’5″ – 5’11′ 25″ or 65cm
6′ and taller 29″ or 75cm

Quality Counts

One may think 'a ball is a ball is a ball,' however, we found that to not exactly be the case with these. I am not here to say there are any horrible ones, but I do give my recommendation below for what proved to be the strongest and most durable. Other materials can tend to get slow leaks, or need additional air pumped in every few days. Mine personally stays at full-capacity and never needs re-pumping. You do want to be sure to purchase one that is advertised as 'professional grade.' Sometimes the more you pay really does make a difference, that is why they come in that range of pricing I spoke of. Size will sometimes cost more or less as well.

The Results

My results were showing in just a couple of weeks. Out of the blue one day I realized that my back pain had nearly disappeared. Not only do these balls remind you to sit up straight, they also keep you from wheeling around in those office chairs and remaining completely stagnant all day.

Now I have to get up to get to the printer, and sometime simply to completely turn around. Our body needs that. It is much healthier to have some form of small movement for your body during a big part of our hours awake. I am definitely happy in my decision to purchase one. Just remember...that in the long-run...if you are not happy with it as a chair...bring it home and do exercises with it!


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    • ImaSurvivor74 profile image

      ImaSurvivor74 5 years ago from Upstate NY

      Some people love them as office chairs...others it is not quite for them. But it really does improve a long day of sitting on your body.

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      ahagen 5 years ago from Topeka Kansas

      Someone who worked with me used one of these. I have never tried it but certainly believe that I should think seriously about it.

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      ImaSurvivor74 5 years ago from Upstate NY

      Sheila- I have not personally had any experience with the swelling of the feet, but my extremities DO tend to easily fall asleep when I'm still for lengthy periods of time. I would imagine that the subtle movements you tend to do when sitting on one of these would ultimately help with swelling as well. I hope it works for you!

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      Sheila Wilson 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Very informative hub. I am considering using an exercise ball since I sit at my desk for long periods of time every single day and sometimes have back problems. However, my biggest problem related to my work at a desk has been swelling of the feet and ankles. Has an exercise ball had any positive or negative effects on swelling that you know of?