Ergonomic stability balls are producing remarkable results in classrooms. In addition to the usual benefits of core strengthening and better posture, teachers have reported improvement in students’ ability to focus, take notes and engage in class discussions while sitting on exercise balls. Active sitting leads to increased brain stimulation, alertness and learning ability.
Neurophysiologist and educator, Carla Hannaford, Ph.D. author of Smart Moves – Why Learning is Not All in Your Head states:
"The more closely we consider the elaborate interplay of brain and body, the more clearly one compelling theme emerges; movement is essential to learning. Movement awakens and activates many of our mental capacities. Movement integrates and anchors new information and experience into our neural networks."
Exercise balls are especially effective for students who suffer from attention deficit disorder because the ball provides the bounce which gives them an outlet to release pent up energy.