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Does an Exercise Ball Make You Sit Straight?


Healthline staff helpfully sent in photos of sitting at work on an exercise ball. Both photos show obvious slouching and forward rounding.

A ball does not make you sit upright or prevent unhealthful, uncomfortable sitting position. You can sit upright or not. It is not the ball, but you, that determines what you do with your own body.

A ball that is too high will even prevent you from sitting close enough to the desk, so that you have to lean over forward to reach the surface.

Use common sense and your own muscles for simple, comfortable, healthful habits.

Photos courtesy of staff. Please do not try these bad postures at home. Healthline staff are trained professionals.

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