Monday, 4 May 2015

Dump Those Chairs and Sit on a Ball...

This applies to whether you are at  the office or working at home in the basement, these balance ball chairs are god-send  for your aching backs. Here are some of the benefits of using an exercise ball as  your chair.

1. Forces proper spine alignment. Because an  exercise ball is not stable, your body needs to try to balance itself on  it. The perfect spinal posture is coincidentally the easiest to balance  with. Thus,  your body will automatically try to align itself into the proper posture. This helps  improve your spinal health, and decrease back pains.

2. Causes you to frequently change positions. An exercise ball causes to you to change your  position often to balance.   Doing simple things such as turning to face the phone, will result in your  body assuming anew position. This helps reduce damage  caused by prolonged sitting  in the same position.

3. Quick workouts are always there. A great thing  about using this alternative to a chair, is that you can do  stretches or  mini-workouts whenever you want, without getting up. If you are ever stuck waiting for a minute or two,  you can  make productive use of that time with a quick workout or stretch. Since its convenient, you will  find yourself doing it more frequently, which will work wonders for your health.

4. Your sense of balance will be improved. This is expected. This is because you  continuously try not to fall, in effect, improving your balance and strengthening your  muscles. The result? An overall better balance, that can be  observed out of the  office.

5. Get that 6-pack abs you have always wanted. As you balance yourself while you are sitting on the ball, your abdominal  muscles are the ones working the hardest to maintain your balance. Thus, you are  essentially getting a low-key abdominal workout. This  might not sound like a big deal but when you count the hours you spend sitting at your  desk or in front of the computer, the numbers start to count. These hours pile up and before you  know it, you start developing that 6-pack abs.
6. It's great for the circulation. Sitting on  an exercise ball promotes good blood flow throughout your body for the whole day. A  desk chair on the other hand, reduces circulation to some parts of the body after  prolonged use.

7. You start feeling that energy boost. It's a fact that if you stay in just one  position for prolonged periods, it's guaranteed you will feel more exhausted by the  end of the day, as compared to constantly moving around and feeling more energetic as  a result. Using an exercise ball as a chair is a good way to ensure that  you will be energized by the end of your working day.

8. Burn up hundreds of  calories per day. The more you move, the more calories you  burn. Burning 350 calories per day allows you to lose one pound of  fat every two weeks. Even if you do not burn 350 a day, the least it will do is to help you keep  in shape.

9. Really cheap. These exercise balls, or balance ball chairs  will cost you from $10 for the ball to $80 for the ball and the chair that holds it.  Much cheaper than  buying an ergonomic chair, which can range anywhere from $100 to  $400 and up.

10. It's really a lot of fun! Who doesn’t like the idea of bouncing  around on an exercise ball all day. Exercise  balls are an  exciting alternative to chairs, and may just give that spark of fun to  your day.

Source Cyrill Exxonell

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