Will, that's very helpful information. Thank you! Shivamoon, I was actually contemplating getting one of those chairs that has the ball in a frame with wheels, but before spending the money, I thought I'd try a ball that I already had first to see if it's something worth investing money in.
They have exercise balls that are anchored in a frame. That might take away some of the benefit of working your core, but you won't fall off when you reaching for something or focusing on something else. I've used the exercise ball a little bit, but it's not really the right height and is awkward.
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I use one for sitting and for doing exercises. I can tell you that visiting a sporting goods store would be useful, as you'll want to buy one that's the right height. They come in different sizes. The biggest ones are for those with longer legs and a long torso. You'll also want to play around with the amount of air you put in it. Here is a nice article to tell you info on how much air to use. www.dummies.com/how-to/content/filli ng -your-exercise-ball-tightness-versusR>-firmne.html
As to any noticeable difference, 1. I have better posture 2. My lower back has gotten stronger 3. Better balance 4 and most importantly for me, I hardly get flare ups to my sciatica and when it does flare up its not as severe as it used to be.
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The most recent issue of Runners' World magazine had an interesting article which talked about how sitting is like the new smoking. Sitting is the new disease for many of us, since we spend so much of our time at work sitting. Even those of us who exercise on a regular basis are at risk because although we may spend an hour a day being physically active, the rest of our day is spent sitting in a car commuting back and forth to work, and then sitting at a desk all day at our jobs. It was a wake-up call for me! One of the things that was suggested that was easy for me to apply at my job was to bring my exercise ball (which had been collecting dust) and sit on it at my desk in lieu of a chair. The idea is that sitting on the ball is supposed to work your core muscles and improve your balance. Today is my first day using it, and I have to alternate between sitting on the ball and my chair because my glutes and bottom tend to get sore after sitting on the ball for a while.
Does anyone else use a ball and if so, I'm wondering if you have seen any positive benefits from it? Also, I'm wondering if there's a wrong way or right way to sit on one of these things.
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