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Exercise Ball as a Chair

In the past few years I have noticed more and more exercise balls being used as chairs in the work place. I am a huge advocate of this, sitting is a requirement at most jobs and unfortunately sitting for long periods of time is extremely bad for your back. Sitting, even with good posture puts more pressure on your back than standing and this pressure is hard on your spinal column and nerves of your lower back. I like to suggest using the exercise ball because it forces us to keep good posture and contract the muscles in our core which strengthens all of your core muscles. The stronger these muscles are the less likely you are to have back pain from sitting. I would suggest starting slow when using the ball, do not try to sit all day on it, start with just 30 minutes and increase your time from there. Also make sure the ball is the correct size for you, your knees should be at a right angle (90 degrees) when you sit on it. The ball isn’t for everyone, take extreme caution if you suffer from balance issues, have osteoporosis, or already have low back pain. The best thing you can do for back pain is to get up and move! Stretch a few times a day and take a lap around the office every 30 minutes. Let us know if you use an exercise ball as a chair at work or if you give it a try!