articles and attempt to keep it brief.
- Leads to fatique.
Yes… it’ll lead to fatigue. Just as walking up a flight of stairs or
around a city block fatigues a significantly deconditioned person. But
should we tell that person not to walk, rather to take the elevator or a
taxi? I think we both know the answer. We can use common sense when
applying swiss balls as seats in the workplace… if an individual is at
low level of conditioning it may warrant short exposures to the ball,
interspersed during the day. Add time or number of exposures as the
muscles adapt to the stimulus. Like a runner adding mileage or a weight
lifter adding load.
- Leads to risk of falling when moving, sitting down, standing up.
There is clearly an increased risk of squashing one’s tush, as with any
unstable object. For some of us, sitting on a ball will offer more of a
threat of falling than others. Just like time on the balance beam is a
different scenario for Mary Lou Rhetton than for most of us. If this is
concern, solutions may include the use of a duradisk, ball pedestal, or
one of the new ball chair frames. Honestly, I find it is a quick
curve, trains an increased awareness, makes it easier to move around at
desk, and keeps me more alert for the job at hand.
- Still allows slumping.
It seems we could use this point against the standard chair with a back
support as easily as against the ball. Don’t you agree? But, yes, one
can slump on the ball, especially when you become more comfortable with
it. But you are certainly more aware of slumping when you do. You must
become aware of any behavior as a prerequisite to changing it. The ball
alone doesn’t force anyone to sit rod straight, but rather prompts us to
keep our torso over its center of gravity, which improves posture.
- Draws concentration away from the job.
We are three-part beings, mind, body, spirit. Stimulating one often
affects the other two parts. Movement stimulates the body, clearly.
up the body, and you turn up the amps in the mind. As long as the ball
not an enormously challenging task requiring high concentration to stay
the thing (say for the severely deconditioned, motor-impaired person
mentioned above), the ball should promote better productivity through
engaging the whole person, the whole brain. And if a person is that
motor-impaired, it is a good thing they are on the ball, eh?
Hope this helps your decision, I, for my part like the ball as a chair.