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Monday, August 19, 2013

Don't Let Your Job Steal Your Health -- Desk Chair Alternative

Trading your office chair for a Swiss ball may be a good switch! The European Journal of Applied Physiology published a study in 2008 that found people who substituted a Swiss ball for an office chair burned 4.1 more calories per hour than those sitting in regular office chairs. That can equal up to two extra pounds of weight lost over the course of a year! Not only is it a good way to burn a few extra calories, but it also can help improve ab tone, muscle coordination and posture. Sitting on the Swiss ball causes back and abdominal muscles to work simultaneously which can actually be more effective than traditional crunches when it comes to strengthening and toning.

Research published in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association also found that use of a Swiss ball in rehabilitation of patients with low back pain had a significant reduction in the episodes and severity of their low back complaints as well as a reduction in the frequency of the patients' office visits for low back pain relief. 

Want to try a Swiss ball for your desk chair? Here are a few simple guidelines to get you started:
  1. Make sure the ball is adequate to sit on. It should not leak air, and it should be sturdy enough not to burst when you sit on it. We recommend purchasing a ball that is specifically used for exercise and rehabilitation. Sorry your child's large bouncy ball will not work!
  2. The ball must fit you! When sitting on the ball your thighs should be parallel to the floor.
  3. Keep your balance! Make sure that your feet are positioned wide apart, a bit wider than your hips.
  4. Only sit on the ball as long as it is comfortable for you. You may find that 2 minutes is all you can handle before your back begins to feel tired and sore. That's OK! Start by sitting for 2 minutes and gradually increase your time as your muscle tone increases.

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