The Best Office Furniture to Help Combat the Sitting Disease
Human bodies weren’t designed to spend hours upon hours a day sitting in an office chair. It just isn’t in our DNA and our health is deteriorating because of it. The Sitting Disease was coined due to the increasing numbers of people suffering from ailments that are due to a lifetime of inactivity. Even if you are an avid gym goer or a running enthusiast, these activities simply aren’t enough to offset the damage incurred from hours of sitting. The fact that sitting for long periods of time is unhealthy for our bodies is not new news. Sadly, little has been done to transition into healthier habits while we work. The standard run of the mill office chair and low profile desk are still office mainstays. Mounting evidence suggests that those who spend hours with little movement are at higher risk for developing ailments such as blood clots, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and a slew of other problems solely due to insufficient physical activity. A disturbing finding was pointed out by US News Healthcare, which states the following:
“A newly published review of 47 studies reveals that regardless of exercise, people who spend more time inactive had notably higher risk not only for diabetes and heart disease but also for cancer. They were also more likely to die prematurely! And although more physically active people fared better overall, they were far from immune to the negative effects of sedentary behavior.
If you’re officially freaked out and wondering how you can reasonably live out your childhood dream of becoming a professional circus performer, you are not alone. There are many people who are faced with the looming feeling that their careers are killing them. Many feel this way even when they enjoy their careers. Sacrificing your health to follow your career shouldn’t be the prerequisite for working in an office. The good news is that things are starting to change. More and more companies are realizing the need to improve the way in which employees work. What’s more good news is that office furniture manufacturers are taking note and providing products that companies and employees can use to make their workspaces healthier and more active. We have sifted through some of the best ergonomic and active sitting products on the market to find what really works to help keep you active while you work.
The Treadmill Workstation
This system has become a growing trend among forward thinking companies who are starting to offer more mobility options to their employees. With offices migrating out of traditional cubicles and into open concept layouts, employees can take their computers with them to one of these treadmill stations and work while they stroll. This LifeSpan treadmill is specially designed to fit under a standing desk, so your design options are pretty much limitless.
The New Age Rocker
This kneeling chair by Varier encourages movement and supports the body throughout the day. The upright and alert posture promotes concentration and activity. The angle of the knees and pelvis are opened, allowing freedom of movement and increased circulation. Body weight is evenly distributed between the buttocks, thigh muscles and knees, taking the burden off of the always abused lower back.
The Super Stool
Staying active doesn’t have to mean only resorting to treadmill workstations. Traditional items can also be transformed to function in a more active way. Take the Twixt Stool from Safco for instance. This stool features a flexible ring under the base that allows the user to adjust their angle of sit and provides movement for an active experience. The cushion also promotes an active posture. These stools are great for break rooms and collaborative workspaces.
This workstation is taking the workplace by storm. The Locus Seat by Focal Upright promotes full range of motion and a relaxed spine. This chair engages users in a leaning posture which encourages a hip-to-torso range of 130 to 135 degrees. This range is ideal when working for long periods of time because it provides less pressure on your spine and connecting muscles when compared to standing or sitting. This chair can accommodate persons up to 300lbs. and is fully adjustable. This chair is a great alternative to a standard office chairs and is designed to be used with a standing desk.
Bike It Out!
An alternative to the treadmill desk, the bike desk is yet another fun and engaging way to stay active while you work. This bike/ desk combo from LifeSpan is more than just a workstation. It’s also a workout console that is conveniently integrated into the front of the desk, displaying readouts for workout time, pedal revolutions, distance, calories and speed. Talk about multitasking!
The Only Table You’ll Ever Need.
This BBF Adjustable height table is probably the best all in one surface that you could ever want. This table features a motorized height adjustment system with a digital display. No need to get under the desk and adjust dials and crank levers to reach your desired height. This model has a program mode too, allowing you to save up to 3 preset heights to suit whatever project you’re working on. Save one preset for a sitting position, another for standing and maybe the third for a family member’s preferences.
Bounce the Day Away
The Safco Zenergy ball chair is designed with an (anti-burst) PVC exercise ball that is covered in 100 percent polyester mesh and won’t roll away. This chair helps you concentrate and supports better posture and balance. Zenergy helps strengthen core muscles and allows natural fidgeting that studies have shown to help increase calorie burn. All of the benefits of active sitting just got a little more bouncy!