We test out a Gaiam Balance Ball Chair

Gaiam Balance Ball Chair Review

by Paige Estigarribia

The Dollar Stretcher was sent a Gaiam Balance Ball Chair to facilitate this review. The Dollar Stretcher received no compensation for this review. All opinions expressed are those of the author.

Often, gym and fitness center memberships just aren't in the cards. Maybe the membership is too expensive for your budget. Maybe you're just too tired after working all day to make it to the gym. Or maybe they don't have child care at the gym, and you can't go with little ones. Whatever the reason, gym fitness just doesn't work out for some folks. So here at The Dollar Stretcher, we were thrilled when Gaiam agreed to work with us on a two-part series on fitness at home or at the office. They sent us a Balance Ball Chair and a Beginner Yoga Kit for us to review. First up? The Balance Ball Chair! Here's what we thought:

A Little About Gaiam and the Balance Ball Chair

Gaiam is a Colorado-based company that, according to their website, is striving to be a source of information on "natural health, ecological lifestyles, personal growth, and sustainable commerce." Their Classic Balance Ball Chair is a really innovative creation. The Balance Ball is anchored in a chair with a short back. It allows a person to get the benefits of a Balance Ball...all while they are at their desk! Plus it comes with a great desk booklet with descriptions and pictures of different stretches and exercises, perfect for breaking up the day sitting at your desk. It also comes wth its own pump so that you can keep the ball inflated.

How Did We Test it Out?

Here at TDS we all used the Balance Ball chair. We each tried it out, and we determined how comfortable it would be to sit in it. Some of us tried it for back and neck problems, some for posture, some for exercise...and some out of curiousity! After sitting in it for two weeks, one of our Dollar Stretchers truly believes that the chair has really helped her back and neck problems! Wow! She sat in it everyday here at TDS for about 6 hours a day.

What We Love About the Balance Ball Chair

Posture Support - When we sat in the Balance Ball chair, we could immediately tell that we were sitting with better posture. The chair has a small back support, and sitting on the ball encourages you to sit up straight. Your body is more engaged, and we weren't tempted to slouch.

Stretching Options - We also really love the idea that throughout your workday, you have the option of doing some stretches. The desk guide is a fantastic reference for great stretches, designed to break up your 9-5 work day sitting.

Ability to Do Additional Exercises - Plus, if you are so inclined, you can even do a few ab exercises using the balance ball. No gym membership, but you have a free 20 minutes during lunch? Take the ball out of the chair and try out ab or leg exercises, or even push ups! These extra exercises are described in the desk reference that comes with the chair.

Things to Think about Before You Invest in a Balance Ball Chair

Price - At $79.98, the Balance Ball chair is in the range for what you might expect to pay for an office chair, and actually less expensive than other ergonomic office chairs.

May Not Work for Your Specific Problem (Talk to Your Doctor First) - If you have back or neck problems, and you are considering a Balance Ball chair, you might want to speak with your doctor regarding whether this chair would be beneficial for your specific problem.

Ball Size/Desk/Height - According to their website, the Gaiam Balance Ball chair is designed for heights of 5'-5'11' and weights up to 300 lbs. Read more on the Gaiam website.

And that's it! We really liked this chair as a great addition to your office.

Paige Estigarribia is a writer for The Dollar Stretcher who enjoys writing about food, frugal living, and money-saving tips. Visit Paige on Google+.

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