Exercise Ball or Desk Chair?

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Learn what benefits there are to sitting on a globe

Sean Lee, NASM ACE – CPT, NSCA – CSCS
Fitness Expert, Barrington, IL

Question:

I recently exchanged my desk chair for an exercise ball to put more movement and possibly strength training into my day. How will this affect my back or posture, core strength, and will I really see any benefits from this new “seat?”


Answer:

Replacing your chair with an exercise ball will likely provide benefit and challenge your postural and core muscle endurance while sitting. Using it for additional daily movement is an excellent idea and may improve circulation, decrease muscle stiffness, and help you burn a few extra calories while you’re at it! Integrate it slowly if you sit for extended periods of time. If not, you may experience periods of fatigue or muscle cramping in your mid and low back region leading to discomfort and poor posture.

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