Stability Ball Improves More than just Posture
The students in one elementary school in West Chester, PA, have the right idea when it comes to incorporating fitness into the day. Robbi Giuliano, a fifth grade school teacher, has her students complete their assignments while sitting on a stability ball and not a stationary chair. Not only are the children working their core and balance as they learn, they are also experiencing better productivity.
John Kilbourne, a professor of movement science at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, is studying the link between physical activity and better learning. He believes that physical activity aids with concentration and alertness. The ball has also helped children who suffer from attention disorders or autism by allowing them to move more freely without disrupting class.
Stability balls are traditionally used in Yoga and Pilates. You may have seen a stability ball workout or stretch here on H3Daily or used one during a core class at H3. We also encourage those who sit behind a desk for long periods to work from a stability ball instead of a chair to help keep the muscles active throughout the day. Stability balls promote better posture, engage the core, strengthen back muscles, improve balance and are just plain fun.
We may be able to learn something from Ms. Giullano’s fifth graders. Invest in a sturdy stability and you might just see your work improve as you exercise your core too!