Exercise ball computer chair
After spending 15+ years using various “executive” office chairs, I recently decided to try something different and bought myself an exercise ball (aka stability ball or yoga ball) to use as a computer chair. I know a few professional authors that use exercise balls as chairs, they spend as much time on their computers as I do, but they don’t complain about bad backs and computer fatigue as much as my programmer friends do. After using my friend’s exercise ball computer chair for a few hours, I was convinced it was worth trying – and eventually ended up buying my own. I’ve only had it for about 2 weeks, but so far, I’m 100% sold on the idea.
I can easily sit at my computer for three to four hours and not even notice that I’ve been gently bouncing around – which is good for my spine, circulation and brain. And when I stand up, I don’t have any back pain or leg fatigue. The unconscious bouncing (yes, it’s exercise!) gets even more pronounced when I’m listening to music. I’m now officially one of Leo Laporte’s bouncing ball converts. My expensive executive office chair is still in my office, but it’s slowly getting kicked towards the door.