You might scratch your head at the giant, brightly colored rubber balls in our office space. You might even feel compelled to give one a good kick.
As much fun as that sounds, these exercise balls serve a slightly less exciting purpose. Our conventional office chairs take a breather while we sit on heavy duty balance balls.
Therapy balls can tone and stretch your back and abdomen muscles, which improves balance, posture and coordination. You’ll see these balls with bases, stands or feet, but they’re surprisingly comfortable on their own.
Balance balls give students the freedom to move freely while still remaining at their desks and on task. Kids can expend that extra energy, improving focus and attention. “Active sitting” lets students bounce a bit rather than fidgeting or searching out other distractions.
Only a few schools have given it a shot, but each has returned promising results. So, would you consider stepping outside the traditional set-up and using exercise balls instead of chairs in your classroom?