Gym balls have many uses. You may have used one in a health club. Alternatively, your physiotherapist may have shown you how to use one to improve your balance, or to strengthen some muscles.
A gym ball can also be used in place of a chair. There are many reasons why you may consider this. Some of the main ones are listed below:
• To alleviate back pain.
• To improve posture.
• To stop slouching.
• To have a comfortable seat.
• To strengthen leg muscles.
• To continually challenge the physique.
• To keep you alert.
• To benefit from various physical improvements simultaneously.
• To engage several muscles, including the abdominal ones.
• To reduce pressure.
As has become evident, sitting on a gym ball makes a great alternative to a chair at home, or in the office environment.
Keep safety in mind. Use shoes that are flat, and do not slip. Hi heels are a no, no when balancing on a gym ball.
The Benefits of Alternative Seating
In addition to the benefits that have already been mentioned, your core strength will also improve.
The muscles involved in core strength are:
• pelvic floor muscles,
• various abdominal muscles,
• muscles that run vertically up each side of the vertebral column,
• lower back muscles which extend all the way to the armpits,
• the largest muscle in your buttocks, and
• one of the major muscles in your back.
Lack of strength in any group of these muscles can lead to minor, or in some cases, major complications. It goes without saying that any weakness that has to do with health, can become a nuisance. You may even become dependent on others in some fashion.
Everybody wants to look and feel good. Exercising your core muscles improves your balance and stability. A strong core enables you to carry your body in an elegant manner.
A Word about Alternative Seating
A gym ball, also known as a Swiss ball, makes a great seat. It makes you use your muscles in a beneficial way. You are forced to sit up, use your legs, and balance.
If you are not used to sitting on a gym ball, you may find a few minutes enough to start with. It is important to remember to get up carefully, as it is not stationary. Move your feet close to it and your body forward a little. May be even hold onto something when getting up, until you become confident at performing this move.
Depending on your general fitness and wellbeing, you may find some alternatives to a gym ball better for you. Although they have some of the same benefits, they are stable, and do not demand as much physically. Examples of these are the seat cushion/wobble cushion. This takes a lot less space in the office.
There is a variety of chairs with the element of the ball. Alternatively, you may be happier with an ErgoErgo Ergonomic stool, a motion stool, or a Swopper Stool. All of these, come with or without wheels. The same goes for the back support. The other alternatives mentioned here, are ergonomic stools.