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.