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Old 10-04-2007, 03:10 PM   #1
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Everyone at work thinks I am crazy, let's see what you guys think. I read an article or something about a teacher who got rid of her desk chair and sat on a big balance ball instead. I have one that I used to alleviate my sciatica during pregnancy so I thought I would give it a try.

So, here I sit on this huge purple plastic ball. It is SOOOO comfortable. I can't believe how much better my legs, back and hips feel.

Instead of just sitting, I am now "actively sitting". There is a constant subtle shifting and tightening of the abs to keep balance sitting on this thing so I don't feel like I am giving in to "secretary spread". I am getting a little mini workout all day long.

Yes, my coworkers think I am insane. But this is really cool!! Try it out if you have one.
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Old 10-04-2007, 03:17 PM   #2
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omgosh does anyone watch the NBC show "The Office" hahaha there's a very funny scene involving that ball as a chair
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Old 10-04-2007, 03:30 PM   #3
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My desk chair:


Though I also have a large stability ball without the base that is just as good, in my opinion.
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Old 10-04-2007, 03:37 PM   #4
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I've heard of people using it, but never tried it.

Suzanne, where did you find the base? Does the ball rotate in the base so that it works your core in the same way it does without a base?
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Old 10-04-2007, 03:39 PM   #5
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My mom does the same thing. I thought about bringing mine to work but since Im in the front office I dont know if it will go over very well.
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Old 10-04-2007, 03:43 PM   #6
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Old 10-04-2007, 04:24 PM   #7
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I've heard of people using it, but never tried it.

Suzanne, where did you find the base? Does the ball rotate in the base so that it works your core in the same way it does without a base?
It came as a set and is available through Gaiam. However, Jennifer gave me one for xmas one year after seeing it at OfficeMax on clearance for 5 bucks It came with a little booklet of exercises you could do on it, but I've never used it that way. I just sit on it
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Old 10-04-2007, 04:26 PM   #8
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Oh, man, Cassie. What a find! It is way out of my price range, but I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it - especially on those days when I am chained to my desk. I do things like intentionally fidget, etc., but this looks amazingly cool.
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Old 10-04-2007, 04:51 PM   #9
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I have the same exercise-ball chair that Suzanne shows, but that would probably send some of my conservative coworkers into some sort of fit.
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One of my coworkers works as a disability specialist for students with learning and physical disabilities (local college).

She refuses to sit on a normal chair, she has a big red ball she sits on. It's perfect to help improve posture, it gets rid of pressure on certain areas of your back, knees and hips.

I may have to try it.
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Old 10-04-2007, 05:27 PM   #11
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Wow . . . I'd love one of those chairs too.

I just rearranged my computer room with the idea of using my stability ball instead of my chair, but found that it was just too low to be comfortable for typing. I did like the feeling of activity in my abs though.

What size ball are you using? Maybe if I had a bigger ball it would work better. Mine is 26 inches which is the size recommended (for normal ball stuff, not sitting) for someone under 5'6", I think.
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Old 10-04-2007, 05:28 PM   #12
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Old 10-04-2007, 05:41 PM   #13
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I am not sure what size it is.. its pretty big, my midwife gave it to me so I never had packaging or anything. It is big enough that I sit with my feet flat on the floor and my hands are perfectly positioned for typing.
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Old 10-04-2007, 06:09 PM   #14
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omgosh does anyone watch the NBC show "The Office" hahaha there's a very funny scene involving that ball as a chair
I soooo thought of that too!!!! LOL!! I love that part cause Jim pops it with Dwights sissors. hahahaha I may try it though. This chair is soooo uncomfortable.
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Old 10-06-2007, 01:48 AM   #15
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I actually have a regular office chair and a balance ball at work. I rotate them. When I am conducting training over the phone, I get really bored, so I switch the the balance ball. Also, it awesome to see people sit on it when the come into my office for meetings. They all complain about it but then they sit there and bounce or do hilarious crunches.
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