What is a Ball Chair and Why Should You Care?

 All chairs certainly were not created equal. Some chairs are aesthetically pleasing but provide little to no health benefits, while others are designed to keep you active from the comforts of your desk.

Ball Chairs have become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional office chairs due to their claim of keeping individuals active while in the office. But what exactly are Ball Chairs and are they all ergonomically sound?


Purpose and Evolution of Ball Chair 

Created to combat sedentary living, Ball Chairs have rapidly grown in popularity. Ball Chairs or exercise balls as office chairs claim to maintain balance and engage core muscles while you are seated. Those in support of the Ball Chair state that due to its elastic spherical shape the body is able to stay engaged for a longer period of time than when sitting on a flat surface like traditional chairs.


Ball Chairs have continued to rapidly evolve since their introduction as seen in the wide variety of chairs on the market. With each variation claiming to be more ergonomic than the next, there are a few common types of Ball Chairs. The most common and widely known Ball Chair is the exercise ball this chair provides no back support and is meant to engage muscles that wouldn’t otherwise be engage while seated on traditional office chairs. Ball Stools are another type of Ball Chair often equipped with a swivel base, they do not include arm or back rest and are intended to improve posture. Ball Chairs with backrest are another type of ball chair designed to engage the spine and legs. Lastly there is the Stationary Ball Chair which unlike other Ball Chairs provides more stability when sitting and engage core muscles.    

Are Ball Chairs Ergonomic?

While Ball Chairs may seem, ideal there are several concerns you should be aware of. Although Ball Chairs can be used to provide some core strengthening, they often lack lumbar support which is seen to be an essential component of ergonomic chairs. Ball chairs are also often times made of non-breathable material that retains heat and moisture as opposed to traditional chairs. Among Ball Chairs Exercise balls are often deemed as least ergonomic due to a number of problems, read here to learn more. While these are significant issues the rapid evolution of Ball Chairs has acted to combat these problems. So, when choosing a Ball Chair be sure to look out for these factors!

Alternatives to Balls Chairs

Looking for more ergonomic alternatives? Look no further! There are many alternatives available that will satisfy your need for movement while sitting.



The CoreChair incorporates active sitting technology, which in turn reduces the fatigue and discomfort commonly associated with prolonged periods of sitting.This chair gives you benefits of a Ball Chair but also giving you lumbar support and stability. 


Twixt Active Stool

The Twist Active Seating Stool

The Twixt Stool provides movement and adjustability that meets the needs of today's mobile work environments.  Whether you prefer to perch, lean or sit, this stool creates a comfortable and playful seating experience that promotes small movements throughout the day. 


Focal Mobis I and II Seats

The Mobis Seat

The Mobis active seat is a height-adjustable seat that is built to move with you, so as you lean to the left and right, you’ll feel the seat move too. Your legs and core will be engaged throughout the day without leaving you feeling tired or unstable. 


Zenergy Ball Chair

The Zenergy Ball Chair

The Zengergy is a great option if you love your ball chair. The Zenergy holds up a ball chair within it's mesh material, creating a more stable ball chair for you to sit on. Sitting on this chair engages your core and encourages greater movement through the bouncing motion. 


Varier Variable Balans

Varier Vairable Balans

The Variable Balans kneeling chair by Varier adds greater variation into your daily sitting routine. With the dynamic design, you can place your knees on, in front of, between or beside the shin pads to find the positioning that is most comfortable for you.


May 01, 2019 — Alisha Bettin

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