As technological advances continue to soar through the roof, most of us are finding out that we are spending more and more time sitting in our offices, classrooms or behind our computers for longer than what is recommended. Sitting on chairs for long periods of time can be distressing and harmful to our bodies. Ever since the beginning of life, man has not evolved to spend his life sitting down. Therefore, when a person sits for very long periods it increases stiffness in the lower back and hips, and weakens abdominal and core muscles.
While at your office or home, active sitting entails sitting on a disc which helps to balance mobility in the pelvic girdle and the lower back.
Since a stability disk creates an unstable environment, it makes the body sway from the imbalance. This forces the body to work to correct itself according to gravity. This element of balance ensures that postural muscles are more active which provides minimal but very beneficial movements to train muscles in the lower back.
By ensuring that postural muscles are active, this allows them to remain strong so that can meet our daily needs. Additionally, sitting on a stability disc makes sitting more comfortable and healthy.
Children who struggle to concentrate at school or at home, for instance those with attention deficit disorder (ADD) can find several benefits from using a stability discs. This can be done by replacing their regular chairs with a stability disc.
When a child is seated on a stability disc, it allows for movement without having to disturb fellow students. It is also a perfect way to ensure a disciplined posture for a student who is finding it hard to develop a good posture.
Tip: Balance discs are preferred to fitness balls because balance discs are smaller and less bulky. Unlike a fitness ball, you can carry your balance disc with you without having to deflate and inflate with each use.
As always, we highly recommend that you consult with your physician or specialist if you want to incorporate using stability disc into your regular exercises to ensure that you are healthy enough and will have no spine complications. At any time of the day, all exercises with a stability disc should be conducted in a controlled environment and manner. The participant should start slowly and build speed gradually as confidence begins to build.
Constant use of stability discs to maintain balance can result in quick and unexpected fatigue. You may find that you have to do shorter exercises in the meantime before you gain experience.
- Always ensure that you are in comfortable clothing and well padded shoes which can protect heels and arches of the feet.
- Always ensure that you have warmed up before doing any exercises. After you are done, be sure to cool down.
- Take breaks whenever necessary.
- No exercises should be done on an empty stomach. You should at least eat something light before any exercise.
- Always listen to your body. Whenever you feel unwell, dizziness or even shortness of breath, you should not exercise.
- Always consult a doctor before beginning a new workout regime.
Just like any other exercise equipment, you must read the manufacturer’s instructions for caution, and the instructions should always be adhered to.