Exercise Balls in the Workplace
Here at KFG, we are committed to wellness. To help us maintain a healthy lifestyle at work, we each received an exercise ball. For us, it took a bit to get the hang of it, but after a few tries we were practically pros.
You’re probably thinking why? Is it necessary to sit on a giant bouncy ball? Well, while it is not necessary, it is beneficial. Studies show that people who used an exercise ball at work burned more calories than their coworkers using regular office chairs.
In addition to that, it has been proven that sitting properly on an exercise ball can strengthen your core while making you aware of your posture. But if you sit with a hunched back or shoulders, you could be hurting yourself even more. Use these steps to make sure you are reaping all the benefits an exercise ball provides.
Get the Right Ball
There’s no use in using an exercise ball if you don’t fit on it correctly. If your knees are above your hips, get a bigger ball. And if your hips are above your knees, use a smaller ball. Most companies will provide a sizing chart. When you sit in the center of the ball, your legs should make a 90 degree angle.
Get in the Right Position
This isn’t going to work if you can’t sit properly on the ball. Some will come with a stand or support to help it – and you – from rolling away. Sit with a straight back and your feet flat on the floor. Roll your shoulders back so your shoulder blades are down and together.
Get to Work
Just a few minutes on the ball probably won’t do much for your core, but use this on a daily basis and you are sure to notice changes in your posture and core. If you are unsure about balance, you can try for short bursts and build up endurance over time. Do you need a little more challenge? While you’re reading or on a call, try lifting one leg and your arms straight out on either side of you. Try for a few seconds and switch feet.