New Healthy Habit – Sitting on a Fitness Ball!

25 Jul

Some of my colleagues have these fitness balls at their desks and I have always been a little intrigued by them.

I finally had the balls (hahaha) to ask one of these colleagues if I could try it out for a bit.

I sit at a desk for eight hours a day and that cannot be good for your backside. I don’t have the option to lift my desk so I can stand and use my desk so I thought the ball might be a great option.

I also need any little trick to burn an few extra calories, because let’s face it I love to eat bad and drink wine.

So, after my trial, I decided I liked it and let’s face it the ball is only $15 at my home away from home Target.

I looked up the benefits of this and found some good tips at Livestrong.com – check out what they said here.

I also found some helpful tips here.

So I am going to try it out and see what happens. Hopefully I don’t fall off.

Anyone else try these balls to sit on at work or home?

My desk and my ball.

This is what I found you should do to make it more comfortable while sitting on the ball.

  • Bounce. Gently bouncing on the ball aligns your spine in its most efficient position and improves the endurance of your postural muscles. Bounce for a few minutes at least every hour that you are sitting. Never bend or twist while you are bouncing. Enjoy.
  • Hip Rolls. While Sitting On A Fitness Ball make a circle with your hips. Do 10 circles in each direction about every hour. This will help to relieve and stretch the muscles of your hips, pelvis, and spine.

  • Pelvic Tilts. Tuck your pelvis under and then go the opposite way by sticking your butt out. Move back and forth, going a little further each time. Repeat about 10 times. This motion opens up the muscles around the pelvis and low back.
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4 Responses to “New Healthy Habit – Sitting on a Fitness Ball!”

  1. suburban eye feast July 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    these balls would never fly @ work for me! I’m surprised the HR/safety person isn’t all over that?! Then again, I live in CA….there’s rules for EVERYTHING.

    • josephinamontoya July 26, 2012 at 9:16 am #

      Hahaha! Our HR people are awesome! And it’s New Mexico – anything flies here.

  2. Anonymous July 25, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Josephina, this may come from some form of therapy, as a sp.ed. teacher for many years, our OT occuptional therapist at school
    would use a ball such as this to calm, help or just relax some kids that may have had a hard time focusing . Another “one” is a backless stool that stands on one (1) leg instead of 3 or 4 legs to help with balance and other things…

    • josephinamontoya July 26, 2012 at 9:17 am #

      I think that is so awesome! My cousin told me that they will have these balls at her school this year! My mom was a sp.ed. teacher as well!

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