I just inflated my pezzi gymnastic ball today so I could try using it for an office chair – figured cannot be any worse than the hardwood kitchen chair I use now.
I am a sloucher by nature so I was hoping that using the pezzi ball even part time might help me sit up straighter and benefit my back and help me get a bikini belly at the same time.
I checked out the internet to see what info I could find about using exercise balls for chairs. “They” say that there is no scientific evidence that using an exercise ball as a chair will produce results without doing additional exercises. I figured since my abdominal and back muscles are constantly active in order to maintain proper posture and balance on the ball there has to be some benefit to it.
Inflated properly, exercise balls help encourage good posture by supporting a forward tilt of your pelvis. This allows for proper posture to develop and be retained at a subconscious level – your body will then adopt that posture, even when sitting in regular chairs, with little or no conscious effort – not a bad thing for a sloucher.
I did not come across any studies on exercise balls as chairs and mood elevation. I noticed pretty much as soon as I sat on mine, I was bouncing like a 5 year old – even Paul started laughing watching me.