Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Balls as Office Chairs Not a Good Choice

There are ball chairs and then there are just balls. I've heard people comment favorably on their experience of replacing a typical office chair with one of those fitness balls or swiss balls, but there's no back support, and when I tried it, a couple hours was enough to convince me it didn't feel that great. According to a recent opinion piece on Ergoweb, that perception may be justified. In Balls as Office Chairs a Bad Idea, numerous experts in the ergonomics field are quoted, all suggesting that the lack of back support doesn't make them a good choice.

The exercise ball might be great for strengthening and toning in the gym or at home, but it can’t compete with a truly ergonomic chair for long-term sitting in an office environment.

Exercise Ball - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics


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