Not Your Customary School Chair

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.

Exercise balls in our workspace

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.

Stability balls are popping up in classrooms, too, as an alternative to traditional seating. Like this school in Missouri, this one in North Carolina, this one in Oklahoma and countless others.

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?


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5 Responses to “Not Your Customary School Chair”

  1. Mark JonesJuly 22, 2014 at 7:26 am #

    I have seen this in my kid’s school, and they are very happy to use it. I am not sure about the support of these chairs because these chairs do not have a back support, sitting on these for a long period of time may cause injury to the back.

  2. CybertchrOctober 6, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Our school uses them in several classrooms. Very successful!

  3. Stephanie MurrellFebruary 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    Love the idea! I am sitting at a desk right now and am thinking about how my muscles would love a chance to stretch:) Not only do I think it would be a great way for kids to expend extra energy, but it would be a great way for adults to cope with muscle soreness and arthritis while sitting for long periods of time.

  4. Ronald CoyleJanuary 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    A co-worker of mine has a balance ball in their cubicle. I see great use for balance balls in the classroom and the office. FYI: Online buzz about balance balls among bloggers is trending up –


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