I have really been on the ball the past few weeks. No, for real.
At work I have been sitting on a gray fitness ball that is meant to exercise your core.
I was inspired by reading about intervention teacher Lynn Davis's students at Kanawha County's Point Harmony Elementary. The Daily Mail's education reporter, Amber Marra, wrote about them back in September.
After I read the story, I couldn't get those guys and their bouncy chairs off my mind.
Davis called the kids' seats "brain balls."
Many days, I totally need a brain ball. Or at least more coffee.
In Davis's class, students tend to have a hard time sitting still long enough to focus on their work. In the teacher's words, sitting on the balls helps the kids "get the wiggles out."
Back when the story was written, Mikey Toscano, 7, gave the balls a big endorsement as he bounced lightly, waiting on his teacher to hand him his vocabulary cards.
Like the rest of his class, his favorite part about the balls is bouncing, even if it does make him a little dizzy sometimes.
"It helps me because when I bounce and roll it makes me focus my head," Mikey said.
During the next few months, as I sat in my big boy chair and fidgeted, Mikey's impression of his seating situation sounded highly desirable to me.
I wished a lot of times I could bounce and roll and focus my head.
So, one day at Target, on my way to find a buttery pretzel, I got lost in the exercise section. I noticed the fitness balls there. I picked one up and examined it.
Could this be the optimal workplace seating for me?
Actually, I am certain that the optimal workplace for me is one of those Segway people movers with an iPad attached. Using one of those, I would constantly be on the move while also typing away.
But that plan is not feasible for financial and safety reasons.