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  • 1. Email: Chris.Beckman@WilkinsSolutions.com / Skype: c.beckman1 HTTP://www.WilkinsSolutions.com Nashville, TN / (615) 669-FIT1 (3481) “Tennessee based Sales, Service and Accountability” Chris Beckman
  • 2. The Benefits of Using a Stability Ball as a Chair Recently available in a regular 55 or 65cm ball, some are using as chairs to keep your core engaged throughout the day, keeping your balance and stability in check. A very inexpensive way to start your Corporate Wellness Program. When using a Stability Ball as a desk chair your core automatically starts to strengthen your back and core muscles to give you better posture. A start for Corporate Wellness During breaks instead of hitting the X-Hour Energy Drink or Chocolate Bars… Simple stretches will revitalize and pump more blood which gives your brain more oxygen and more productivity.
  • 3. Start good posture early!! Replacing classroom chairs with stability balls helps students focus, study finds Photo courtesy of The Aroostook Medical Center Students at the Dr. Levesque Elementary School in Frenchville participated in a pilot project that replaced classroom chairs with stability balls. Pictured are (in front, from left) Jonah Babin, Chyanne Price, and Andrew Oakes, (in back, from left) Lauren Paradis, Savanah Hanlin, Caitlin Chasse and Morgan Corriveau. Public school students in Aroostook County who sat on stability balls instead of chairs experienced benefits including improved academic performance and better health, according to results from a recent formal study....
  • 4. At work, Pam O’Donnell types at her computer, talks on the phone and, every so often, bounces a bit on a big blue ball. O’Donnell has an office chair, but this doesn’t mean she uses it. She prefers to sit on an exercise ball. Although some posture experts are leery of the practice, she and others say sitting on the ball lets them work a little workout into their work time, and strengthen their legs, abs and back muscles. The inflatable balls, typically the size of a big beach ball but made of tougher plastic, have migrated to offices from health clubs and physical therapy clinics. The lack of armrests, back support or other attributes of a chair, except for a spot on which to sit, makes her pay more attention to posture, said O’Donnell, director of member service for the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, a Boston-based trade group. “It makes me sit up straight,” which gives a ball some advantage over a chair, she said. “When you are sitting at your desk, especially at a computer or keyboard, you tend to hunch over.” “What we are trying to promote is active sitting versus passive sitting,” said physical therapist Cheryl Soleway, of Vernon, British Columbia, a consultant to Ball Dynamics of Longmont, Colo., which sells the products. “You get a low level of neuromuscular activity — your abdominal and trunk muscles are contracting to some degree,” Soleway said. “Without that activity, you would fall off.” An upside to falling down To Soleway, there is even an upside to the fear of falling down. The natural urge not to slide off the ball should help to train the balance system, reducing the risk of falls, she said. Position counts in ball work. Soleway said the ball should be big enough to allow the legs to slope slightly downward at not quite a right angle from the thighs. However, she conceded there are many unknowns in the physiology of ball sitting as an office exercise. “I’m not sure anybody has spent a lot of dollars researching this.” Sitting on a ball at work should improve muscle tone, but a risk of injury could await people who do it for a full day, said Dr. Henry Goitz, chief of sports medicine at the Medical College of Ohio. “Twenty minutes is good, 30 minutes is great, but 8 to 12 hours, some time in that span, you may have fatigability,” he said. Exercise balls in offices have raised concern in other parts of the world. “Providing fitness balls in a workplace may place the employer at risk of introducing a hazard,” according to a statement posted on the Internet by workplace safety officials in the Australian state of Victoria. Exercise balls as office furniture Get ready for hippity-hop races in the workplace
  • 5. Exercise balls as office furniture Get ready for hippity-hop races in the workplace Continued… And an expert in office ergonomics — the fitting of office functions to the strengths and limits of human bodies — has doubts about the wisdom of substituting a bouncy ball for an ergonomically designed chair. “I don’t think this would be anything I would use to reduce my exposure to musculoskeletal disorders,” said Peter Budnick, chief executive officer of Ergoweb, an ergonomics training and equipment sales company in Midway, Utah. “It’s not an ergonomic device. It does not offer the full support you would expect from an ergonomic chair: stable base, adjustable height and back support.” ‘Sounds like fun' Just the same, “I have to say it sounds like fun,” Budnick said. If exercise balls encourage fun — or a less stressful workplace — companies should encourage balls, said Nancy Lynch, an adjunct professor of human resources management at Canisius College and president of Human Resources Consulting Associates in Buffalo, N.Y. Companies in which employees look like they are having fun will find it easier to attract new hires, she said. Activities that get people moving are also good for “thinking and problem- solving,” Lynch said. O’Donnell said fun is only one of the advantages to using a ball. “Every so often, you do sort of roll back and forth or bounce a little,” she said. “I have a little radio on, and if there’s a good song that comes on, I might bounce a little.” As for group activity, O’Donnell noted that some workers in her office use exercise balls. “We haven’t had any hippity-hop races around the office at this point, but that might be a good Friday event.”
  • 6. Not excited about the esthetics of a Stability Ball, or it Rolling away… There are many different ‘traditional’ holders for stability balls to make your new office Chair more attractive! Below you will find some different availabilities… Gaiam Power-Systems AeroMat Yoga Accessories.com Health Mark Evolution Cando Children sizes Isokenetics
  • 7. Why I Switched My Office Chair with an Exercise Ball (and What It's Like) Many of us spend the majority of our professional lives sitting, which makes the office chair an all-important piece of furniture. Lately mine hasn't been cutting it, so as an experiment, I swapped my chair with an exercise ball. Here's what's been great about it, what's been less than perfect, and what you might want to consider if you're interested in switching to an exercise ball as your office chair. Purported Benefits of an Exercise Ball as a Chair I don't have one of those $500+ Herman Miller ergonomic chairs, but do have a lumbar support roll for my desk chair, which is sized small enough for my frame so I fit comfortably in it and everything is measured for ergonomic workstation perfection (as best as I could manage, at least). But, maybe it's my increased awareness of the health hazards of sitting all day or just the years catching up with me, but this regular chair isn't working so great. Lately I've been catching myself standing up to type in bouts of nervous energy or, worse, slouching. My neck and shoulders perpetually ache. Frankly, my butt hurts. My alternatives were to adopt a standing desk or a treadputer or try a more ergonomically-designed Aeron or similar chair (like a good pair of shoes and a quality mattress, it's the everyday things that are worth investing in). Being both a yoga lover and a cheapskate, I decided to first try out this exercise ball chair for $75. Besides being much cheaper than buying a new desk or a more expensive chair, the exercise ball chair promised to allow me to work in some abdominal exercise throughout the day and possibly improve my years-of- working-slumped-at-a-desk posture. What It's Like to Sit on an Exercise Ball All Day The first time you sit on an exercise ball at your desk, your back will probably shoot up so straight you'll feel like a marionette. If you're like me, this will be a foreign, even delightful experience (oh, that's what it's like?). Twenty minutes later, if you're like me, your butt will hurt and you will switch back to your regular chair which will feel mushy by comparison. After a couple more days of this, you may find yourself sitting on the exercise ball chair for much longer periods of time. (A week later, I spend the majority of my day on the exercise ball chair, but still take lots of breaks and occasionally switch back to the old chair.) Some pleasant things: You can bounce on the chair when a nice song comes on. You can bounce on the chair in frustration while waiting for a browser page to reload. If you're a kinesthetic/tactile learning type, bouncing on the ball might stimulate your thinking. Whenever you need a good stretch, just lean slightly back or to the side as needed. Exercise on the spot. The Isokinetics manual provided some sample fitness ball exercises you could do at the desk. One person found a rather unique advantage of the bouncy ball chair, for women at least (warning, NSFW), though Tim Ferriss points out a potential problem for men. Some less pleasant things: Although you can buy height adjusters for this particular chair, depending on your setup, the ball may be too low or too high in relation to your monitor and keyboard. You may need to adjust your whole workstation. You can't really just lean back on this chair and relax. If you bounce too much you may get a headache. The ball can get sticky in warm weather. After a little over a week of using the chair, it's impossible to tell if it's helping to increase my core strength, as I hope it will, but I do feel like I walk and sit much taller than I used to and can sit for longer periods of time. If it's only that I'm more aware of my posture, that's fine—in my book, the ball is doing its job. Plus, I now have another outlet for some creative nervous energy, am sneaking in some extra (albeit minuscule, in terms of calorie-burning) exercise, and my butt doesn't hurt anymore—what more could I ask for? Exert from LifeHacker
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