Recreation and Sport Studies

Studying, Experiencing and Facilitating Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport through Wellness and Physical Activity

Do Students Stand Enough? Let’s Not Sit On It.


We know as RSS students we want to be active. We want to move our bodies for a living, and yet, we are stuck in chairs all day. According to recent stats the average person sits 7.7 hours a day, and there are some that sit up to 15 hours a day. These hours sitting are due to eating, driving, watching TV and sleeping. As a student, you must add the time sitting while studying at the SUB, and sitting while researching at the library. Sitting. Sitting. Sitting.

Just three hours more of standing a day can improve your health, and this can be achieved by offering standing and seating alternatives in our UNB classrooms. We are proposing that if you must sit, sit on an exercise ball. It promotes better focus, active sitting, lumbar activation, reduced spinal compression in comparison to regular chairs, and better circulation.

Sitting on an exercise ball might affect static and dynamic aspects of working posture. Research from a number of studies monitored posture, muscle activation and spinal shrinkage in 10 females performing a 1-h typing task, while sitting on an office chair with armrests and while sitting on an exercise ball. Sitting on an exercise ball resulted in 33% more trunk motion and in 66% more variation in lumbar EMG. Both of these findings can be considered to be an advantage for the exercise ball.

Here is a link related to our presentation topic that illustrates the need for change.

3 thoughts on “Do Students Stand Enough? Let’s Not Sit On It.

  1. This is a great post and was a great presentation! I could notice the change and improvement in my posture just from sitting on the exercise balls for a short period of time. I agree with everyone else in realizing how important it is to get people to stand more often. I find myself sitting at my desk, leaning back in my chair (like I am doing right now), for basically the whole day. It is something we all need to work on ourselves, let alone get other people to do it! As RSS students, especially the ones that are going to be teachers, all have the ability to use these stats and get the ball moving on getting exercise balls into schools! Great idea!



  2. This was a great presentation! i loved how it was not a typical presentation of a slide show. Very interactive! I would love to see public schools, universities, and work places to use exercise balls for chairs, however I don’t think that will happen anytime soon. I think if this transition is to happen soon, it will be seen at physio clinics first. Only because the physiotherapist are often moving around and not sitting at their desk long. Also, these offices already have the exercise balls present.


  3. This was one of the most memorable topics from the presentations. I think it is a small change that can make a huge difference in the long run. I think it should be the option of desk workers to be able to bring in an exercise ball rather then sit in a regular chair. After being at the Physical Literacy conference I remember one of the things that stood out the most was how much physical activity we are losing from just our live styles in general, like not walking to school. I don’t think we will ever be able to fully get that back so we may as well look to new ideas like this one to help increase it in any way we can!


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