Sitting at a desk for long periods of time can lead to a multitude of health issues, not the least of which are a weakened core and a sore back. Our abdominal muscles are extremely important to our everyday functioning. The muscles, when toned, help to keep our back aligned and out posture ideal for proper digestion and breathing.
Proper posture and breathing are also essential to feeling relaxed, happy, and productive at work.
I know, I know. Gym memberships are expensive. And even if you could afford it, where would you find the time? If you spend much of your day sitting, here’s a quick tip to build stronger abs while you work: sit on an exercise ball instead of a regular office chair!
Balancing yourself on a ball forces your body to recruit all of your muscle fibers to keep you balanced. The unusual movement spurs your muscles into working overtime to stabilize you.
This may be distracting at first, especially if you have not built up your core muscles in a long time. You may find yourself swaying back and forth a bit, and may want to exercise caution when reaching for that coffee — ouch!. (Your boss may also look at you funny. Just tell him or her you’re taking part in a really cool social experiment, and by the way, you’ll have that report they were asking about in a few minutes.)
If you’re having difficulty staying on the ball, so to speak, you may wish to start out with short lengths of time and work your way up. They key is to gradually build your strength until you’re able to stabilize your core muscles for longer stretches of time. Core muscle growth is one of the main benefits of yoga ball chairs: learn more. Don’t be discouraged if you can only do short spurts at first.
If you make this a daily habit in your life, you’ll soon start seeing and feeling the benefits of sitting on an exercise ball instead of an office chair. Your back thanks you, in advance.