• This entry was posted in Fitness on February 08, 2016

  • Some say sitting is the new smoking. Day after day, we slouch in chairs (that rarely fit us), hunched over with eyes squinting at screens. Unless you’re one of the lucky few with a stand-up or treadmill desk, chances are your 9-5 job is damaging your health.

    It’s hard news to hear when there’s little we can do to stop it – most of us don’t have the luxury of quitting our jobs in exchange for daily yoga sessions and runs on the beach.

    That’s why we get excited at the mention of fitness balls at work. These fun, often brightly-colored gadgets can have a significant impact on your posture, overall fitness level, mental health, and happiness.

    Here are a few benefits that come from using a fitness ball as your chair (for at least part of the day) at work.

    Better balance. The unstable surface will constantly challenge your body to stay upright and straight, keeping your muscles working all day long.

    It’ll also challenge your abs…

    Sitting on an exercise ball is the ultimate “passive” ab workout. To stay on an exercise ball all day, your core will have to remain engaged. Work toward the 6-pack you’ve been aspiring to without having to leave your chair.

    Energy and fun. If hanging out on a bright purple fitness ball all day doesn’t perk you up, we’re not sure we have the cure for what ails you. All kidding aside, keeping your muscles active all day can give you significantly more energy and drive, improving your health and performance at work.

    With an exercise ball at your side, you can sneak in workouts. Come to a good stopping point with that report? Now’s the perfect time to try this 15-minute ball workout.

    Are you ready to give the most fun chair a try? KETTLER USA has a wide selection of different exercise ball products to choose from. Too shy? More discreet gadgets like Movin' Sit, an inflatable wedge cushion that perfects your posture, might be more your speed.

    We recommend everyone try sitting on an exercise ball at work at least once – and not just for a day, but for 5-10. It can take a while to get used to keeping muscles engaged that you’re used to letting slump.

    If you’re not ready to commit, ask a friend or a co-worker to borrow theirs for a day. We’re confident you’ll feel and love the difference this fun, affordable, and healthy gadget can make in your life.