Last week, we moved our company into new digs (bigger and brighter, but alas no more ocean-view commute) and one of the new site’s amenities is being able to have actual desks in an actual office area – previously, our computers had been at the end of our lab benches. I know! It’s the lap – and lab – of luxury.
It’s no secret that sitting at a desk all day can be pretty bad for your health. Fortunately, moving back and forth between the desk and the lab can keep the blood circulating, but my
minion colleague and I were discussing ways to make our daily experience healthier.
One of the things that we thought of (you know, after not getting donuts every week) was using a balance ball in lieu of a desk chair. Now, that might seem a little odd, but we wondered if a balance ball might improve our postures while at the desk. So, being scientists, we thought for a reasonably small outlay (~$20) we would do the experiment.
Today was Day One and I have to say that I certainly do sit up straighter and there any temptation to slouch back is countermanded by the possibility of falling over. The only drawback perhaps is that these “chairs” don’t swivel, so it’s not easy to just swing around when someone speaks to you.
Anyone else have experience with using a balance ball-as-chair??