The FitBall Exercise Ball Chair employes an ergonomic design that stacks the spine for improved alignment, tightens the core for whole-body stability and provides ergonomic back support to eliminate pain and improve posture.
High-quality & anti-burst 55cm ball
Air pump included
Desktop exercise guide
Suitable for people 5' to 5'11" tall
Weight limit: 300 lb.
Sitting on a relatively unstable surface requires the sitter to use muscle and position sense organs (proprioception) more actively and continuously than in a traditional seat (90 degree chair). The FitBall Exercise Ball has a exercise ball shape and a lower sitting height also approaches more of a "perching" position in which legs are spread further apart (abduction) allowing the low back and pelvis to be in a more balanced relationship.
The benefits of sitting on the FitBall Exercise Ball Chair while working are the same incorporating it in exercise routines; it promotes flexibility, coordination, motor skills, core strengthening, and balance. The FitBall Exercise Ball Chair will offer you an "Active sitting" position which means that your body, when positioned on top of an exercise ball, is constantly making small adjustments, often imperceptible, to remain balanced and thus is constantly exercising a large group of muscles in doing so. By strengthening your body's core muscle groups, including postural muscles, abdominals, gluteals and leg muscles, you help improve your posture, have better balance and guard against back injuries.
Exercise 1 Seated Forward Bend
The numerous benefits of this exercise include releasing tension in the spine, stretching the lower back and hamstring muscles, energizing the brain and central nervous system, and slowing the heart rate. Do this stretch anytime you need to take a quiet break and unwind.
Begin in Positive Seated Posture (see above).
Inhale, raising arms overhead.
Exhale and fold forward from waist, leading with chest and dropping torso to thighs.
Reach hands to floor, allowing arms to hang relaxed from shoulders. •Inhale deeply; on exhale, let torso ease further into thighs.
Keep neck soft and let it drop comfortably from shoulders down between knees. Try not to spread legs apart; keep positive balance between feet and sit bones.
Relax shoulders, feeling as if shoulder blades are falling down away from neck.
Hold for 10 long, comfortable breaths; release and repeat two to three times.
You can also do the Seated Forward Bend exercise with your legs extended (not bent at the knee) straight out in front of you or out to the sides at a 45-degree angle
Exercise2: Seated Hip Stretch
Many of us spend extended periods of time seated; this can result in tight hips, unbalanced posture and an inefficient stride. This seated stretch initiates a deep stretch of the hip joints, creating flexibility in the knees and buttocks and promoting better posture and a more efficient stride.
Begin in Positive Seated Posture (see above).
Fold left leg across right knee. Left ankle should rest just outside right leg.
Reach tall through spine, keeping neck and shoulders relaxed.
Maintain balance over waist without losing the natural curve of lower spine. •Inhale; on exhale, fold forward from waist, leading with chest and dropping torso down to thighs and crossed leg.
Reach hands down to floor, allowing arms to hang relaxed from shoulders.
Keep foot flexed. Breathe evenly and comfortably.
Hold for five long breaths; release and repeat two to three times.
Repeat on right side.
Exercise 3: Spine Stretch
This exercise is designed specifically for the Gaiam Balance Ball Chair. It would be tough to do this move on a regular office chair (even one without arms), and we don't recommend trying it, since the curve of the ball is what affords the fantastic arch and stretch of the spine in this move.
This stretch helps lengthen and realign the spine, hips and waist. It initiates a deep stretch of the thoracic cavity, opening the chest and increasing lung capacity. It also helps counteract the effects of slouching and hunching of the shoulders.
Begin by sitting sideways on lower edge of chair.
Place hands on ball and support bar for stability.
Lie back over ball, reaching hands and legs out. Keep hands and legs at shoulder-width for stability, feet flat on floor.
Be sure hips are positioned directly on top of ball. The hips are the centerline of the body for this stretch. Breathe deeply, letting torso and legs fall freely from hips and waist.
Keep shoulders and neck relaxed, reaching long through hands.
Close your eyes; breathe deeply for a few minutes.
When ready, slowly curl yourself up to a seated position, resting for a moment before standing up.