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New office chair for work

At the suggestion of one of those trainer tips on The Biggest Loser, I chose to try out using an exercise ball as my office chair...
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I've received a few odd looks from colleagues, but they are intrigued. Using an exercise ball apparently helps you by forcing you to keep your posture and you work a lot of core abdominal muscles all through out the day. Not a major contributor to burning calories, but more than sitting in a chair. Will see how this works out the rest of the week.

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rbsmith77
Apr. 6th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
Love the icon!
mississippicub
Apr. 6th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
now that is interesting
snowboardjoe
Apr. 6th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I get that a lot.
spatts5
Apr. 6th, 2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
Interesting....did you have to buy the ball yourself or did you charge it to the company as a health/wellness benefit? I'm curious to see how that works out for you. My posture at work is not the best.
snowboardjoe
Apr. 6th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, this was out of my pocket for my benefit. It was $18 off of Amazon.

So far it has really reminded me to keep my posture. Part of me keeps wanting to find a good resting position, but that's wrong. You do have to work at it.
schleppn02
Apr. 6th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
There is a guy at my office who has been using one since late last year. He hasn't gone back to an office chair so I guess he is feeling some benefit from it.
snowboardjoe
Apr. 6th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
I just finished day 2 with this, so we'll see how things feel by the end of the week.
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snowboardjoe
Apr. 6th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
There is a tendency for the body to find a resting point and that will get you into trouble. You do have to focus on tightening your abdominals all of the time.
rbsmith77
Apr. 6th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about the odd looks. Just look at your results. There were very few fit SysAdmin/Engineers all my workplaces. Most trended toward the heavier side. Do whatever you need to do to buck the trend.
snowboardjoe
Apr. 6th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
Probably not just sys admins, but almost anyone with a desk job.
mikiedoggie
Apr. 6th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
This is an interesting idea. I was actually thinking of trying this out... I think you have inspired me to do so.
snowboardjoe
Apr. 6th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
$18 at Amazon for a 75cm.
djmadadam
Apr. 18th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Your butt looks good up against balls.
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