Wobble stools and exercise ball desk chairs are becoming increasingly popular, but for many people they are still an alien concept: a stool with a fun but uncomfortable-looking design that they couldn’t imagine themselves using. So, what does a Pilates chair do and is it worth the hype?
- An active sitting stool is designed to keep your body in constant motion so that you never sit completely still, which helps to alleviate some of the most common issues associated with prolonged sitting.
- It is easy to vary your working position throughout the day.
- Your body has to work to maintain an upright position. To do this you rely on a number of core muscles in your abdomen, back and legs to support yourself, which helps to exercise and strengthen those muscles.
- The sitting position opens up the angle between your legs and torso, which makes you sit up straighter and lets you lean forwards without slouching.
- This improvement in your posture will reduce tension in your neck, shoulders and lumbar region, which is one of the leading causes of musculoskeletal disorders.
- Your legs have to do more work to help you stay balanced and allow you to move around. This reduces strain on the spinal discs and takes the pressure off your lower back, which can help ease back pain.
- Moving your legs more helps prevent joint problems with your knees and hips.
- The more open angle of your hips and the increased use of your legs for balance improves blood circulation in your lower limbs.
- Better blood circulation and a greater range of motion reduces the feeling of fatigue.
- This type of chair also strengthens the muscles you use when standing up. You can use it as a leaning stool for a standing desk, making it the perfect halfway point between sitting and standing at your desk and giving you the support to stay standing for longer.
Start by swapping out your office chair for your new active chair for short periods of time at first. Build it up slowly to give your body time to get used to the new position and adjust to a different way of working. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll barely notice that you’re exercising at all!