“I hope they get you a decent chair by then!” is a comment I received from a genuinely concerned student when I told him we’d see him on Wednesday for his appointment. Looking around the office at all the chairs in it, he must’ve thought my boss particularly disliked me not to let me use one. Trying to maintain composure, I had to explain that I was sitting on the Swiss ball by choice. I’d heard about the benefits of sitting on an exercise ball as opposed to a chair, so when I started to experience back pain I decided to make the transition.
- Frequently changing positions for balance – no prolonged sitting in one position.
- It forces proper spine alignment – as a Swiss ball is unstable, your body needs to try to balance itself on it. The perfect spinal posture is coincidently the easiest one to balance with so your body will automatically try to align itself in the most healthy position for your back.
- Get the 6-pack you’ve always wanted – your body primarily uses its core muscles for balance, so you’re essentially getting a low-key abdominal workout without getting up.
- Improves circulation – keeps the blood flowing to all parts of your body, unlike prolonged sitting in a chair.
- A Swiss ball is a lot of fun. This is what I do when no-one’s in the office:
The best thing for posture? Avoid sitting as much as possible. That could mean more breaks in the workday to get up and out of the chair or off the ball altogether.