The Perfect Chair!
Still in the fundraising status, and due to go into production October 2016, this “W” Chair may be part of the answer to a healthier lifestyle. The ergonomically designed chair is designed to relieve stress on the lower back from hours of sitting. With more people switching to “vari-height” desks, there is a need for a chair that will accommodate a person to stand or sit without having to raise or lower the desk.
Standing has also demonstrated an increase in productivity, promotes better posture, better digestive processes and increased mental acuity. Smithsonian.com reports, “Spending more of your day standing could reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer…”
Strenuous workouts do not negate the negative effects of extended sitting. Incorporating pacing, standing and walking into your normal day, this will have more positive effects than any gym.
Here’s a list of some of the reported benefits:
Reduced Risk of Obesity
People who are up and walking more hours per day don’t gain weight as quickly. Seize the opportunity; walk to a colleague’s office vs. emailing them, or skip the elevator and take the stairs.
Step 1 is to get up. Step 2 is to learn to get up more often. Step 3 is, once you are up, move.
Reduced Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
The health impacts go beyond obesity. Sitting for extended periods is correlated with reduced effectiveness in regulating levels of glucose, dramatically increasing the chance of Type 2 diabetes.
Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
In the1950s, British researchers compared rates of heart disease in London bus drivers (who sit) and bus conductors (who stand) and found that the former group experienced more heart attacks and other problems than the latter.
Reduced Risk of Cancer
A handful of studies have suggested that extended periods of sitting can be linked with a higher risk of many forms of cancer.