Exercise Balls: From The Gym To The Office

Exercise Balls: From The Gym To The Office

Sarah Rae Smith
May 17, 2010

It's been a few years since the wave of "exercise balls as office chairs" hit the internet. We're looking to replace our current vintage chair as it isn't adjustable and can be a literal pain in the neck. Although higher priced super-customizable options are tempting, something simple like an inexpensive exercise ball has an equal appeal. But the real question is — is anyone still using them?

It appears from reading reviews online that most people who have tried out an inflatable exercise ball are quite passionate. In fact, they either truly love the "chair" and what it does for them, their posture and their overall health — or they hated it with the fire of 1,000 suns and it eventually popped.

Although we're not too concerned with popping (that is unless someone comes at you with scissors), we are curious if any of our Unplggd readers have given this method a road test and can speak to the longevity of the item? Gaiam makes a ball/chair combo that allows you to roll naturally to and from your desk without having to do a hop and waddle off the ball to go grab a bite to eat. We'd like to think this could be a good alternative to just a basic ball.

Have you tried them out at home? Known someone who has? We love it's flexibility in the home and the price tag doesn't hurt, but if you can't sit on it for more than an hour, then the games over. Sound off and share your thoughts below!

(Image: Gaiam)

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