I'm ready to buy a new chair for my home office, anyone have any suggestions? I've tried the ball (I actually have one right next to me) but I found that I had WORSE posture while on the ball because I tend to slouch forward. I understand you get what you pay for, but I'd like to keep it in the $100 - $300 range.
I actually work standing up - even for an 8-hour stretch. I feel much better than I did sitting. There are a bunch of stand-up desks you can buy, but I just raised an Ikea table. Before that, I bought one of their "bistro" dining tables and it was perfect (I am only 5'3", though, so you may need something taller).
A stability ball!! Sorry I was about to run out! A stability ball forces you to keep your transverse abdominals (ta) engaged sonyou don't roll off. Also helps take the pressure off your low back and helps tour gluts fire while sitting. You can also help your " pelvic awareness" and rock forward and back ward, side to side as if your a hula dancer. Finding the neutral spine and keeping the ta engaged!
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Unfortunately, standing desk isn't happening for me just yet, at least not in the office. I use the stability ball and notice that I am much more active than I was while sitting in my 'ergonomic' (read: expensive) chair. I roll frontwards and backwards, bounce, move side to side, etc. I can't give you a very scientific answer, but I know that I am sitting with much better posture, engaging more muscles, helping lower back pain (I also sit for about 3 hours to/from my 8+ hour desk job right now...), etc.
All kidding aside, go with a standing desk. I switched a month ago (on a lark) and I love it. There are some great standing desk hacks you can find on ikeahackers.net - lots of ways to use Ikea parts to convert a table or desk to standing height usage.
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