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I keep seeing these threads about chairs and chair suggestions etc. and I recommend the exercise ball every so often but i don't know if it's something people are really considering. So i thought I would try and bring up some of the pluses and minuses of using a ball as your desk chair.

I switched out my desk chair for an [ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000K7I62M"]exercise ball like this one[/ame] last January.

There were several reasons for this:
  • First I could never seem to find time to go for a walk or otherwise exercise. So I thought sitting there and bouncing/keeping balance would give me some amount of exercise while I was inside on the PC.
  • Second I seem to degrade the padding of chairs really quickly for some reason. The inflatable ball obviously wouldn't have this issue.

I paid around $50 for my exercise ball. I decided to go for a more premium commercial-quality model instead of risking a cheap brand. There are balls available for only $20.

Downsides:

I was actually moving lots of 100+ lb. servers the same week but right around the time i started using the ball extensively I started getting these horrible back aches. Basically I couldn't move at all. I just had to stay laying down and perfectly still until either the pain subsided or I could stand the pain enough I could find some over-the-counter pain killer I happen to have around.

I know those muscles that are required to keep balance and bounce must have been week when I started the ball. So it could very well have been the ball.

Could also be I'm just getting old. That sorta thing sneaks up on you (for record: 32).

Another negative comes along with a non-machine assisted inflating of the ball. I had to get the largest one available because I'm 6' 2" and i used the the hand pump which took an incredibly long time. Did feel like a good work out though.

There's also what I call "chair adapters" like these available:
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I haven't purchased one because as far as I can tell they don't come in 72cm varieties and they're kind of expensive.

So anybody else a fan of the "stability" ball as some parts call it? Anybody find it intriguing? Questions? Comments?
 
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I do sit ups with one sometimes OH, In health class when I was in High School we could sit on one. It was distracting.
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how do they support your back
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Originally Posted by cuad;13288109 
how do they support your back


They dont, that was my complaint. Halfway through the semester my back started to ache haha, so I quit using it.


but that's what those chair things are for.
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I think the point is to strengthen those back muscles, by exercising them constantly. Maybe i shouldn't comment until I use one for eight hours a day for weeks at a time (which I haven't done yet).
 
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I kind of want to get one now. My posture is a little bad and my chair is super squeaky.
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