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On the Ball: Should You Give Up Your Desk Chair?

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Oh, so many office chair options! Ergonomic, mesh, modern, traditional; there’s literally a seat for every taste. The search for a comfortable, body-friendly option may also lead you to non-standard seating options, like the stability ball chair, that provide a new twist on the old tilter. Taking office cues from the gym might seem like the most obvious way to get healthier, but is it the right way to go? The answer is yes — with some conditions. Sitting on a ball requires engaging your core, hip, and leg muscles to maintain balance, and that little bit of contraction works muscles that may otherwise go unused in a standard chair. On the other hand, sitting on a ball loads more weight onto your lumbar (lower) spine; as with any seating arrangment, staying in the same position for too long — even on a ball — will become uncomfortable over time. So what’s the right answer? Variety! (It’s not called ‘the spice of life’ for nothing.) Alternate between your new ball and your old faithful chair, and throw in some standing and stretching for good measure. Remember: bodies were made to move! Learn more about easing into a ball-chair lifestyle in this article from Prevention, and get the full scoop on the Evolution Ball Chair from your friends at Source. We know a healthy body is a happy body, and we’ve got your back. Source Office Furnishings — Making Your Office Work Better!

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