LINCOLN — Wellness balls are a hit in music class at Lincoln Northeast High School.
Student musicians have switched out chairs in favor of the wellness balls: big, bouncy and often colorful objects.
The wellness balls have been known to help with posture and muscle toning.
Eric Snyder, instrumental music instructor at Northeast, said the idea came from Kari Amen, a physical education teacher at the school. After she convinced him that using the wellness balls while playing an instrument wouldn't be dangerous, Snyder started considering the positives.
"After thinking about it for a while, I started to see the advantages not only for the physical wellness of my students, but this would be a fun way to teach proper posture and breath control in my class also," he said.
"This is a common problem with many young musicians. This has not only improved our posture, but also our sound is getting better with the breath control.
"I've heard students commenting on how they can feel it in their core areas of the body."
Students also are getting into the classroom sooner because they want to sit on a wellness ball, and there currently aren't enough for everyone, he said.
Mary Bell Avery, LPS curriculum specialist for health, physical education and character education, said it's great to see students practicing fitness in the classroom. She added that physical education teachers often have great ideas for in-class fitness ideas.
"Fitness is not something we just do in physical education," Avery said. "It needs to be a part of our entire day." — Lincoln Public Schools