Choosing a desk chair is an important decision, whether it’s a high-back chair, fully adjustable chair, or even an exercise ball chair. After all, you’re spending a lot of time sitting in it – or are you? Studies have shown that frequent posture changes are good for your back when you have a desk job.

Sometimes change is good, and switching to an exercise ball chair for part of the day may be the change that helps you. A fitness ball chair that sits in a frame with back support will allow for different use of muscle groups in your back.

According to Edward R. Laskowski, M.D., “Sitting on a fitness ball encourages good posture and promotes core strength. You’ll also have more freedom to move while you’re seated..”

Ball chairs are a new way to supplement traditional office chairs. Changing your posture and balance points slightly, these exercise ball chairs provide a comfortable position for sitting, and allow for slight motion, which can help improve your energy level.

When choosing the right exercise ball chair for your needs, there are still some ergonomic factors that you want to consider. Here are a couple of tips to help you:

  • The size of the ball chair should allow you to keep your feet on the floor while you sit, with your arms resting comfortably on the desk. The ball should not be so high that your feet are dangling. When you sit on the ball chair, you should keep your legs forming a 90-degree angle at the knees. Any more or any less may mean that the ball size should be different for you.
  • Your weight is a very important factor when choosing an exercise ball chair. If your weight compresses the chair and flattens it, you need to get a bigger ball chair. If you happen to be very light in weight, you can under-inflate the ball chair slightly.

Exercise ball chairs help keep your back and abdominal muscles active, because of the slight bouncing action. The frequent movement often helps one become more aware of proper posture, rather than sitting in a stagnant position for long periods of time.

Ball chairs are not a cure for back problems, but they can provide alternative sitting arrangements to work through for short periods of time throughout the day.

Even though a ball chair can be a great alternative or supplement to a standard office chair, you should consult a doctor before you purchase one. If you’d like to try an exercise ball chair, call Officeville’s customer service specialist about your selection.