Last but not least, we have the exercise ball-style chair. This kind of fun and funky seating isn’t just for employees of quirky tech companies and start-ups; it’s a bonafide, proven game-changer. Instead of just grabbing any old exercise ball, we recommend one with a few extra bells and whistles, like the Gaiam Classic Balance Ball Chair.
This model comes with a little chair-like frame, meaning you can use the ball as is or opt for some wheels and a backrest. Those extra features are great for taking a break, but you’ll also want to take advantage of the way sitting on an exercise ball can help you engage your core to promote proper alignment (yay, posture!) and relieve back pain and soreness.
The folks at Gaiam also claim that the "micro-movements" associated with maintaining your balance on a ball chair help you engage your mind and body in a new way, leading to increased productivity and focus. It’s hard to fact-check such a claim, but if connecting with your body through yoga appeals to you, this more thoughtful, active approach to sitting might help you reap similar benefits.