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    Has anyone here used an exercise ball as a chair?
    I'm thinking of switching from my office chair to an exercise ball when working on my computer, something like this:
    Natural Fitness Professional Burst-Resistant Exercise Ball - Red Rock (65cm) : Target

    Does anyone have any experience with this? I'm trying to figure out of I want to make this change, and if so, what ball to get.

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    LMAO!! Sorry, I had to laugh about this. I don't know why you would want to use an exercise ball instead of an office chair.

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    Umm that's going to be uncomfortable for sure. Especially after extended usage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarek View Post
    LMAO!! Sorry, I had to laugh about this. I don't know why you would want to use an exercise ball instead of an office chair.
    Yes I know on the surface it seems sort of funny...but the idea is for people that sit & work at a desk all day...it's supposed to help strengthen muscles that get weak from doing all of the sitting (legs, back, etc.)....as well as helping with stability & balance.

    I'm not saying it's for everyone...just explaining the concept.

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    Yup a couple of people at our office use the exercise balls as their chairs..ends up forcing you to keep a proper posture..

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    So, has anyone on this list used it? I tend to slouch when working on the computer and I figure it might be useful

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    I tried the large exercise ball as a chair in my office for a while, there is actually a stand for them that sort of cradles the ball so when you get up it doesn't roll away. However, after a while you'll notice the ball doesn't stay firm and needs to be reinflated often. The other downfall is it is a rubber ball and can pop if you are not careful. I ended up popping mine as I forgot something in my back pocket when I sat down.

    The very same day I popped mine, I went out to find a viable replacement. Big money later I came back with a Swopper Swopper - Active sitting for a healthy back They are expensive as heck but it's easily the most comfortable chair I've ever owned.

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    After recently experiencing lower back pain myself, i too were looking into this ball option, but in the end favored the kneeling chair, with lower leg support.


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    I would use a normal chair, but workout and go to the gym. Solved many of my problems.

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    Yes I know on the surface it seems sort of funny...but the idea is for people that sit & work at a desk all day...it's supposed to help strengthen muscles that get weak from doing all of the sitting (legs, back, etc.)....as well as helping with stability & balance.

    I'm not saying it's for everyone...just explaining the concept.

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    It sounds more like a get healthy quick scheme. You'll probably use it for a couple of days, then get tired of it, and then switch back to a regular chair while your exercise ball goes on craigslist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonik View Post
    I didn't realized that happened to Leo. He still uses the ball chair so I guess he sees some kind of benefit in having a chair like that.

    Sitting all day in front of the computer or for general office work does require a good chair. I've used several different chairs myself and still have yet to find a perfect one. I'm interested to hear all the suggestions that worked for others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Yes I know on the surface it seems sort of funny...but the idea is for people that sit & work at a desk all day...it's supposed to help strengthen muscles that get weak from doing all of the sitting (legs, back, etc.)....as well as helping with stability & balance.

    I'm not saying it's for everyone...just explaining the concept.

    - Nick
    I can vouche for this, as I work in a call center, sitting at a computer for 8+ hours a day.. The chairs we have offer nothing in terms of comfort or ergonomics..

    This seems like a good idea to me!

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