You’ve probably all known someone who bought into the trend of using an exercise ball as a desk chair. They’re relatively inexpensive, they come in all kinds of colours, and they supposedly workout your core muscles throughout the entire day all while sitting. What’s not to love, right?
Well, it turns out quite a few things! While an exercise ball might seem like a good idea as an office chair, there are several large concerns that you should be aware of before making a decision to purchase.
First, an exercise ball actually doesn’t provide a lot of support for your back, which ends up making it rather uncomfortable for long-term use. Your back will likely end up getting sore and you will simply revert to the same slumped posture that you used before.
Second, while you might think constant core muscle contractions is a good thing for building strength, working those muscles all day long actually isn’t good for you. It ends up being too much for your body and, again, just gets uncomfortable.
An exercise ball is also not adjustable in any way for different types of users. Whether you’re tall or short, exercise balls are not very accommodating to different heights and cannot adjust to different desk heights either.
From a solely practical standpoint, who wants a chair that will roll away on you the moment you stand up? Plus, because of the unstable nature of these “chairs,” it can be hazardous for employees when standing, shifting positions or sitting down; there is much more potential for falls with an unstable exercise ball than there is with an ergonomically designed desk chair.
Speaking of ergonomically designed desk chairs, we have tons! There are several better options than an exercise ball that will actually strengthen your core, improve posture and encourage movement while still being highly comfortable. Take a look at our top five choices of active chairs that are better than an exercise ball.
The CoreChair is the ultimate office chair that provides the ultimate comfort. With a specially-designed seat cushion and a lumbar-supportive backrest, this active chair helps to put your spine in a naturally healthy position, further supporting positive posture. The chair also has a unique mechanism that can be turned on and off allowing purposeful movement in the seat that actually mimics an exercise ball. In other words, you get the positive benefits that an exercise ball is known for giving (core strength) without have to worry about a lack of support or comfort.
The Twixt Active Stool is a cost-effective solution that can fit in any office setting. It is height-adjustable and can swivel 360 degrees, making it suitable for a wide variety of users and a wide variety of desk types. Furthermore, the rounded base allows for greater leaning capabilities, which engages your core and allows you to integrate more movement into your workflow.
The Focal Mobis Seat and the Focal Mobis II Seat both have similar designs that allow you to balance and lean. Like the exercise ball, these active seats put your body in a position that engages core muscles and strengthens your abs. Unlike the exercise ball, they give greater stability that won’t prove hazardous for your office space and have contoured seats that provide more comfort for your backside.
If you’re still feeling hung up on the idea of an exercise ball, this is the chair for you! The Zenergy Ball Chair is basically a smaller exercise ball encased within a fabric covering and given legs. It is also a lot firmer than a traditional exercise ball, which gives it extra support for your back. With a wide variety of colours to choose from, this stylish ball chair will keep you actively engaged without rolling away.
If you’re looking for something chic AND active, the Varier Variable Balans is an excellent choice. This kneeling chair is designed to put your spine in a naturally upright position as if you were standing, perfectly in line with your hips. This promotes positive posture and gives greater comfort for longer periods of time. Plus, the rocking design lets you move and engage your core muscles whenever you want!
And that’s five active chairs that are better than an exercise ball! Forget that uncomfortable piece of rubber and give your body what it deserves.
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It is widely known that incorporating wellness practices into your workplace can not only lead to happier and healthier employees, but also more productive employees. This is because when people are healthier, they need fewer sick days and are better able to focus on work while they’re in the office, rather than feeling ill or having chronic aches and pains. All in all, employees feel better and the company saves money. Makes sense, right?
Okay, this information is all well and good (pun intended), but how does a company actually create a culture of wellness at work? What are some practical tips that an organization can implement in order to make wellness a clear priority? To help you get started down the right path, we’ve put together six tips to help you integrate wellness into the workplace today.
What are some of the things that you do to unwind at the end of the day? For many of us, leisure activities like reading or watching a favourite Netflix show spring to mind. You’ve been at the office all day, your brain is feeling tired and you just want to do something relatively mindless to relax. We get it!
The problem here is not with the activities themselves, but there is a problem with the sedentary behaviour that they promote. If you’ve been sitting all day at your desk at work only to come home and sit some more in the evening, those sedentary hours can add up quickly and make a big difference in your overall health.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks on how to make some of these leisure activities more movement-friendly. This way, when you’re feeling like you need some downtime with one of these pastimes, you can do so guilt-free.
#SelfCareSunday has definitely become a trending sensation on Instagram in recent years, with people all over the Internet posting about spa days and special treatments come the weekend. But who says self-care has to be a massive undertaking, and who says it should happen only one day a week?
Here at Fitneff, we think self-care is important every day of the week. So, for this week’s blog we thought we would put together a weekly schedule of self-care practices that you can do to make sure you’re giving yourself what you need to be at your best. But self-care shouldn’t just be written about – it should be done! So I, your friendly Fitneff marketing coordinator, decided to put the schedule to work last week and I’ll share with you my experience with each activity.