Over one third of the American workforce is now obese and the numbers are rising steadily. The long work days, fast food habits, and lethargic lifestyles of many Americans are taking a toll on their waistlines and overall well being. Chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol are just some of the issues we have to show for our sedentary lives.
But all hope is not lost. Increasingly, many workers are waking up and realizing that their desk job need not be a death sentence to their health after all. So, what are they doing to get a mini-workout in while they toil away at their computer? Having a ball!
Meet the ball chair
The ball chair is the new and innovative way that many people are losing inches and pounds with little to no exercise. This simple-to-use chair is changing people’s lives simply by changing the way they sit.
Essentially just an exercise ball on wheels, the ball chair forces the user to balance while sitting upright and working on tasks. To keep from toppling over, the user engages their core muscles, which include the back, abdominals, hips and pelvic floor. Are you going to cut a six pack while typing at your computer all day? No, but you will definitely strengthen your core muscles and improve your posture in the process.
Testimonials from users include benefits like sitting straighter, standing taller, increased lung capacity (from not slouching), better core strength, overall core toning and more. If adjusted to the correct ergonomic height, the balls are both relatively comfortable and user-friendly.
Ball chairs range in price from $75 to over $100, and most come with a pump, an exercise guide and even a limited warranty. While it may be tempting to cut costs by using a regular exercise ball, most users recommend purchasing a chair on casters so the ball doesn’t roll away when you rise.
Naturally, a ball chair alone will not turn a user into a swimwear model overnight, but using one in conjunction with other healthy lifestyle changes is a great step in the right direction. Having strong core muscles makes for a strong body…and a strong employee.