Exercise Ball Chair

Exercise Ball Chair

What is an exercise ball chair?

Although many people claim that once you have back pain you have it forever, the exercise ball chair is an alternative therapy product that works to minimize or completely relieve and cure you of your back pain by strengthening the muscles in your back and improving posture.  Moreover, it does so while you are sitting.  Also known as the yoga ball chair and stability ball chair, the exercise ball chair provides a good alternative to both the conventional home or office chair.

The four most popular manufacturers of the chair are Gaiam, Health Mark, Isokinetics, and FitBall.

Exercise ball chair basics

The chair is a no-brainer with easy assembly (with or without following the directions). It’s a yoga ball that sits tightly within a plastic chair base. Some models do come with a backing, but it’s not one that you want to lean on.  As a result, your body is forced to sit up straight.  Because the body when seated is continuously making small adjustments to remain balanced, without effort and unknowingly a person is exercising a large group of muscles.  Strengthening the body’s core muscle group through a process called “active sitting,” a person helps to improve their posture, which leads to increased balance and better protection against back injuries. Moreover, the yoga ball can be taken out of the chair’s base and can be used to perform ab crunches, back extensions, as well as other toning exercises.

With a conventional home or office chair, people hunch over and as a result have poor posture. Practiced continually, these individuals can develop bad sitting habits. However, the alternative therapy benefits offered to individuals who use an exercise ball chair give the body the opportunity to find its own optimal sitting position.  It’s a healing method that allows one’s body to decide the direction.

While the chair does seem simple enough, it is important to remember to ease into using it.  In other words, try sitting on the chair for short periods of time (a couple of hours) and gradually work your way up to sitting on the chair for longer periods of time (the whole day). In time, your body will become accustomed to the constant workout.

Exercise Ball Chair

A few tips before purchasing your exercise ball chair:

Tip #1 – When first inflating the ball, it’s better to use a pump with more pressure than the one normally included (also check to make sure a pump comes with the chair).

Tip #2 – If the chair you purchase comes with locking wheels, consider putting them on the back.  By putting these two wheels at the back, you prevent yourself from inadvertently locking them with your feet.

Tip #3 – Familiarize yourself with how to utilize the yoga ball to exercise different parts of your body when its not in the chair casing. Practice doing leg exercises, ab exercises as well as balance and stretching exercises.

And as always, it is advised for anyone looking to put extra strain on the body (including using a yoga ball as a chair) to first consult a health care practitioner.

The exercise ball chair can be purchased from many retailers including Amazon, REI, and Target.

12 Responses to Exercise Ball Chair
  1. 3-day melt
    September 15, 2010 | 8:04 am

    Good details on explaining what an exercise ball chair is. By sitting on one of these chairs, one may develop better sitting habits as well as good posture. Thanks for the post.

  2. Ken from Slideboards
    September 22, 2010 | 2:05 pm

    I’ve used the ball before but never the chair. Has anyone from experienced noticed much of a difference from the chair as opposed to just using the ball?

  3. Los Angeles Cancer Physical Therapy
    November 15, 2010 | 5:53 pm

    What a cool idea! I have never seen these things before. Do you know where you can buy them?

  4. Irena from toenail fungus treatment
    June 15, 2011 | 5:27 am

    I just started using one month ago. I am having alot of trouble just sitting up for long hours. My back muscles must just be weak. I’m gonna stick with it a few weeks and hope my back muscles get stronger.

  5. Chiropractor Denver Dr. Scott Brown
    July 5, 2011 | 2:44 pm

    Great article on exercise ball. I use them all the time. Keep up the good work!

  6. Waylon from Workouts for Abs
    July 12, 2011 | 7:56 pm

    The exercise ball chair is a very interesting piece of equipment. Many people sit all day every day and have chronic pain issues because of poor posture. It’s amazing how terrible sitting all day actually is for you. I can see how the exercise ball chair would enable one to correct their posture and eliminate pain. Thanks for the explanation and showing a different method of corrective exercise!

  7. rachel from senior income fund
    October 7, 2011 | 5:47 am

    I’ve used a ball before, but never seen it in chair form. Good explanation of what the chair does for you. It is really easy throughout the day when you are tired and sitting at a desk to lose your posture and start slouching, and you never really even think about it. If you have to balance more, then I suppose you automatically have to pull in the core and use your muscles.

  8. John from Essex wedding photographer
    October 16, 2011 | 12:51 pm

    My yoga ball really helps my back and only heard about the chair quite recently from a physiotherapist. The chairs aren’t that cheap but I think I’ve been convinced to give one a go.

  9. Jen from Backup Camera
    November 4, 2011 | 5:03 pm

    I use an exercise ball and I like the way it works but having it sit in a chair like that would be much more comfortable than just sitting it on the ground by itself. I like having something to rest my back on sometimes.

  10. Sam from Air Purifiers
    November 7, 2011 | 11:44 am

    My cat popped my exercise ball, might as well buy this when I buy a new one.

  11. Jason from Gastric Bypass
    November 10, 2011 | 8:54 pm

    I have one of these and love it. So comfortable.

  12. Matt from office chair floor protector
    November 15, 2011 | 5:45 pm

    Nice post. I wasn’t aware that you could get one of these holders for the gym ball to make it more stable. I know you will get the feedback into your spine from the bounce of the ball, but isn’t part of the purpose of the ball to be an unstable surface so it challenges your back muscles? Maybe people should start with one of these and move onto using the ball without the holder?