If you’re on a quest to live longer and better, a new study says you may want to think about how you are sitting at work. Researchers at Australia’s Deakin University recently completed a study that showed standing at work could increase life expectancy.
The study involved a group of 231 desk-bound workers aged between 24 and 65. The study participants were given sit-stand desks at the workplace, as well as health coaching. The results showed that the introduction of a standing workspace caused participants to sit on average one hour a day less than before.
With the plethora of studies showing how sitting too much causes a myriad of health issues, researchers concluded that the introduction of standing workspaces into Australia’s workforce would save 7,492 “health adjusted life years” by preventing a range of obesity-related diseases.
Once hinderance to jumping into the standing desk set up is the growing concerns about how standing all day is also not great for your health. Researchers say standing for prolonged periods can lead to an increase risk of heart disease.
So how can you safely incorporate standing into your work day? And what is truly the healthiest way to work? Studies show transitional sitting, or moving between sitting, standing and perching, to be the overall healthiest way to work.
The easiest way to achieve this style of working is through a height adjustable desk and height adjustable chair. Muvman is the ultimate transitional sitting chair. It easily adjusts your sitting height to anywhere between 20 – 33″, which allows you to sit, perch or stand throughout your day. The Muvman chair also incorporates slight movement forward and back, to keep your body movements loose and fluid.
You can reap the benefits of a standing desk without worrying about the adverse health affects from too much standing by adapting your space to accommodate sitting and standing. With the right desk and the right ergonomic stool, you will have mastered the art of sitting for your health.
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We know it can sound counter intuitive … the best chair for my back pain is one without a back? When your back is aching, the idea of not having a chair back to lean against can seem like an impossible way to work. However, the truth is the more you rely on a back support, the weaker your back muscles get and the more likely you are to experience back pain.
Here are the main reasons why sitting on a motion chair with no back support, like swopper, is actually best for your back.
Strengthen Your Muscles. When you sit on a swopper chair, your body is constantly in motion. This means almost all muscle groups remain engaged and well supplied with blood. This movement has the affect of strengthening your core and back muscles, which helps you achieve better posture. When you are sitting in motion, it’s nearly impossible to tense up and cause back pain.
Maintain Perfect Posture. With swopper there is no reason to hunch your back and lean forward, the joint in the spring strut permits the swopper chair to tilt towards your working surface. This means you no longer need to hunch your back and your spine retains its natural S shape.
Keep Joints Moving Well. Moving on your swopper has the affect of keeping your joints moving as well. This stimulates the formation of synovia (joint fluid), which prevents arthritis while tightening the ligaments and tendons.
Improved Circulation and Concentration. When you sit on the swopper chair, the combination of movement and no back rest makes you straighten the upper part of your body. This causes the diaphragm to fill more completely, so that you breathe deeper, which causes circulation to increase. The result? You are more alert, have better concentration and increased performance.
If you find that at the end of the day your back is aching, you may want to consider ditching the static, high back office chair and make the move to swopper. When you sit in motion and no longer rely on a back rest, you will likely find your back muscles strengthen, tension release and your back pain vanish for good.
Between commuting, working at a desk and watching TV, the modern American sits on average 12+ hours per day. A new study from the American Cancer Society says all that sitting may lead to an early death from one of 14 diseases.
The study, collected data on nearly 128,000 men and women who were part of an American Cancer Society prevention study. At the start of the study, all were free of major chronic diseases. During 21 years of follow-up, nearly 49,000 people died. The researchers used the data to make connections between time spent sitting and the increased risk of mortality from various diseases.
What they found is if you sit for six hours a day or more, your risk of dying early jumps 19 percent, compared with people who sit fewer than three hours.
More specifically, the research showed that prolonged sitting increases your risk of death from 14 diseases, including: cancer; heart disease; stroke; diabetes; kidney disease; suicide; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD; lung disease; liver disease; peptic ulcer and other digestive disease; Parkinson’s disease; Alzheimer’s disease; nervous disorders; and musculoskeletal disorders. Each disease had a different increased risk from sitting, ranging from 10 percent for cancer to 60 percent for musculoskeletal disease.
“The simple message is that we should be moving more,” said lead researcher Alpa Patel. “The less sitting you do, the better it is for you,” she said. “Breaking up an hour of sitting with 2 minutes of standing or light activity can improve cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure.”
It’s clear sitting for too long day in and day out can have a dire affect on your health. The tricky part is figuring out how to incorporate movement into your lifestyle while maintaining your office job, long commute and relaxing activities. As if the stress of our modern life wasn’t enough, we now have to worry that it’s killing us!
You can bounce, tilt and sway while you work, so you never have to cut into your concentration to take that obligatory movement break. When you use a swopper or 3Dee chair, your body will thank you for this increased movement by improving your muscle tone, reducing backaches and helping you perform optimally. Plus, you never have to worry about what all that sitting may be doing to your lifespan.
It’s no secret Apple’s office culture is on the forefront of employee wellness, so it is no surprise that Apple CEO Tim Cook recently came out to encourage the benefits of transitional sitting. In an interview with Bloomberg, Cook said “sitting in the new cancer” and discussed how they tackle the issue with their own employees.
Cook shared that every one of Apple’s 12,000 employees at their Apple Park Headquarters is given a standing desk to use. Cook promoted the benefits of transitional sitting, saying “if employees stand for a while when they work, sit down, and go back to standing, it’s far better for their health than sitting all day in an office.”
Transitional sitting has recently picked up steam with health experts, who claim it is the healthiest way to sit. Research has shown that neither standing or sitting exclusively all day is good for your health. Both can lead to various health ailments. The proven best way to work is moving fluidly between sitting and standing, while incorporating movement.
The key is to stand for awhile, then when you start to feel fatigued, transition to sitting. Ideally you are moving and stretching your body throughout the entire day as well.
Muvman is the ultimate transitional sitting companion chair as it allows you to easily adjust the height of the chair to accommodate sitting, standing or perching. Plus it’s ergonomic design allows you to tilt and sway while sitting, so your body stays in slight motion.
Transitional sitting is no longer a best practice only those focused on their wellness know about. It’s becoming more and more mainstream as evidenced by Tim Cook promoting it’s many benefits. Get your workspace set up to function optimally to support your health by using a height adjustable desk and Muvman sit to stand stool.
When we think about the health risks of prolonged sitting, we typically first think of the physical aches and pains. However, more and more research is coming out showing that the effects of sitting go much deeper and may even cause premature death.
One such preliminary study from the University of California, Los Angeles, shows that sitting for too long over a lifetime can lead to atrophy of the part of the brain responsible for memory. Researchers say this atrophy could lead to dementia or even alzheimer’s in those who lead a sedentary lifestyle.
To conduct the research, 35 people between the ages of 45 and 75 who did not have existing dementia were surveyed about their lifestyle, Including the amount of physical activity they did and the average hours per day they spend sitting each week. MRIs were also conducted of the medial temporal lobe, the region of the brain involved in the formation of new memories.
The results showed that participants who reported high amounts of sitting with low activity level had less thickness in their medial temporal lobe. A thinner MTL can be an early sign of cognitive decline and dementia. The researchers suggest more longitudinal studies be conducted to “better understanding the effects of sedentary behavior on our brains is important given the global epidemic of physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyles.”
If these results are confirmed in future research, physical activity and reducing sitting time may become and important intervention for older adults at risk for dementia or alzheimer’s. The researchers said “The finding … is clinically relevant and suggests that reducing this behavior may be a possible target for interventions designed to improve brain health in middle-aged and older adults.”
It’s clear that the time to change lifestyle habits is now. The risks associated with sitting all day are too numerous and severe. The best way to combat the health issues tied to sitting, is to stay in motion throughout your day. If that’s not possible because of your job, then sitting in motion with swopper chair is an excellent option.
When you sit on a swopper, you are able to bounce, tilt and sway while you work. This keeps your body is motion and eliminates the risks associated with sitting still all day, which now appear to include dementia. Take charge of your health and start sitting in motion.
She does it all – nurtures her family, keeps the household running AND juggles a demanding job. Working moms are often “on the clock” from early in the morning until the last kid is in bed. Usually their devotion to their families and careers leaves little time for themselves.
These super human women deserve our respect and admiration during Mother’s Day. So what is the best way to let the working mom in your life know “I love and appreciate all you do” on Mother’s Day? The resident working moms here at Via Seating have some ideas for you.
- A Meal Delivery Subscription. Take one thing off mom’s plate by signing her up for a meal delivery subscription box. That way she doesn’t have to meal plan for every night of the week. Bonus points if you enlist someone other than her to cook it!
- An Office Chair that Benefits Her Health. If your mom works an office job, it’s likely she’s stuck sitting static for most of the day. Let her know that her health and wellbeing matters too by giving her a swopper motion chair. Swopper will let her bounce, tilt, sway and move throughout her workday, which will prevent many health ailments like back pain, stiff joints and poor posture.
- A House Cleaning Service. Most mothers find it hard to relax after a long day when the house is a mess. Let her feel at peace in her home by bringing in a house cleaning service to make things spotless (even if it only lasts the day!).
- A Manicure & Pedicure. Help mom look her best in the boardroom by treating her to a manicure and pedicure. She’ll appreciate the pampering and will feel polished and professional every time she looks at her nails.
- An Orchid For Her Desk. Fresh flowers are a great way to brighten mom’s work space. An orchid is an easy, low maintenance plant that will keep blooming for months. All mom will have to do is put a few ice cubes in every other week.
Mother’s Day is a great day to show the mother’s in your life that you love and appreciate them. If your mom is a working mom, the gift ideas above will let her know that you are thankful for all she sacrifices for her family.
We want to wish all our customers who are mothers a Happy Mothers Day! We salute you.
The modern workplace often means sitting for much of the day in front of a computer. In fact, the average person spends 12 hours a day sitting. All this sitting can wreak havoc on our health by causing a sore back, stiff joints, weight gain and more.
Beyond the daily health complaints, living a sedentary lifestyle can have massive impacts on your wellbeing. In fact, physical inactivity is the 4th leading risk factor for global mortality and there are 3.2 million deaths a year related to physical inactivity.
There are many professions that leads to a lot of sitting time. The top five jobs that require the most sitting according to Bureau of Labor Statistics include:
- Software developers: 10% standing, 90% sitting
- School bus drivers: 17.6% standing, 82.4% sitting
- Accountants: 19.7% standing, 80.3% sitting
- Insurance sales agents: 19.7% standing, 80.7% sitting
- Lawyers: 24.1% standing, 75.9% sitting
If you have one of the jobs, it’s safe to say you probably sit a lot of the day. Even if you don’t have one of these top five professions, if you work in an office setting at a computer, it’s likely an issue for you as well.
So what can you do to combat the health risks associated with prolonged sitting?
- Use a motion office chair. Swopper and 3Dee are specifically designed to keep your body in constant motion by bouncing, tilting and swaying. This movement negates the health risks that sedentary sitting brings. Your core and back muscles are engaged, your circulation is moving and overall your well being is optimal.
- Incorporate transitional sitting. When you have the ability to sit, stand or perch during your work day, you are able to move your body throughout these various positions. Experts say changing your body position while working is the best way to stay healthy. Using a height adjustable chair, like Muvman, allows you to easily move between sitting, standing and everything in between.
- Make movement a priority. It’s easy to get into the flow state at work and not want to break your concentration. Experts say though, you should move your body every thirty minutes to combat the risks with prolonged sitting. This can be a walk to the water cooler, a quick stretch or even a few push ups to get your blood moving.
If your professions requires a lot of sitting, don’t despair. You don’t have to switch careers to save your health! Just by making a few key changes to the way you sit and work can make a world of difference in your health.
The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work during their lifetime. How you spend your time at work can have a huge impact on your health. Unfortunately our modern work environment is not well-suited for how our bodies are meant to function.
Our ancestors spent much of their time moving – hunting, gathering and running from predators. Our modern lifestyle often means we spend much of the day sitting in front of a computer, only to come home and sit in front of a television. All this sitting is doing damage to our bodies.
You may think your time spent at the office is not contributing to the decline of your health, but you may be surprised to learn that every day habits may be harming you more than you realize.
Three Things You Do Every Day at Work That Hurts Your Health
- Poor Posture. It’s natural to slump when you are sitting all day at your desk or in meetings. Your back and core muscles weaken over time as you rely on your office chair’s backrest. Poor posture can lead to a myriad of health issues like back pain, neck pain and poor concentration.The Solution: Sitting on a motion chair, like a swopper, keeps your body in perfect posture. The constant movement strengthens your back muscles and helps keep your core engaged. Removing the back of the chair keeps you from slumping as you work. The result? Diminished back pain and a stronger body.
- Lack of Movement. When you get engrossed in a project, it’s natural to stay sitting for hours at a time. We forget how important it is to move our bodies regularly. When we stay sedentary, we are asking for a host of health issues including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. The Solution: Experts suggest getting up to move and stretch every thirty minutes while you work. What’s even easier? Using a motion chair, like 3Dee, to keep your body in near-constant motion. You won’t need to disrupt your work flow and will still get all the benefits from being in motion.
- Staying In One Position. Even if you use a standing desk, there are still health risks. In fact, experts say it’s not good to sit OR stand for too long. Studies show people who stand all day at work have a 2-fold higher risk of heart disease than those who sit.The Solution: Master the art of transitional sitting – or moving between sitting, standing and perching throughout your day. Experts say this is the ideal way to work. The easiest way to achieve this set up is with a height adjustable desk and chair, like Muvman. Muvman seamlessly adjusts to work with a standing or sitting height desk, making it easy to transition between the two.
We spend so much of our lives at our work, it’s important to think about how to stay healthy while you’re there. Simple adjustments, like what chair you sit in, can have a major impact on your overall health and wellbeing.
Ergonomics is the study of how people use the objects in their workspace. Specifically, it focuses on how to arrange items in a workspace to improve usability and functionality. The goal is to have optimal height, distance and movement in your workspace to avoid any straining or inconvenience.
There are several areas of your workspace that should be given special ergonomic focus. Once your space is dialed in, you will relieve any uncomfortable movements, muscle aches or tension from your working habits.
Five ways to create an ergonomic work space:
- Choose a chair that moves with you. When you sit on a motion office chair, like a swopper, you are able to tilt forward or side to side with ease. This eliminates any straining or reaching for objects on your desk. Swopper’s movement also keeps your core muscles engaged and your posture ideal to prevent any slouching that may lead to back pain.
- Position your screen at the right height. Make sure your computer screen is high enough so you are not looking down at it. This is especially important if you work on a laptop. There are numerous screen boosters that are inexpensive, so you can ensure you are looking at your screen straight on vs down or up.
- Place your keyboard and mouse so you have room to rest your wrists. Avoid carpal tunnel by making sure you have room to rest your wrists on your work surface while you are typing. This ensures proper support and prevents you from straining your wrist and lower arm muscles.
- Use a headset when talking on the phone. Eliminate the need to hold your phone with your hand – or worse, with your neck – by using a headset. This also allows you to maximize your free hands to take notes while on a call.
- Opt for a height adjustable desk and chair. If you like the idea of being able to stand or sit while at work then a height adjustable desk and chair, like muvman sit to stand stool, may be your best option. Having a height adjustable work space allows you move flexibility and movement throughout your day.
When you have an ergonomic work space, you’ll find everything just feels easier. Your body feels healthy, your more efficient and more productive. Have a question about ergonomics? Email us any time at email@example.com and one of our ergonomic experts will help you out.
If you’re like the more than 80% of Americans who work an office job, your life likely consists of an average 5 hours and 41 minutes per day sitting at your desk plus 7 hours sleeping at night. That is a lot of time for your body to be sedentary.
Experts suggest getting 150 minutes of exercise per week, which equates to around 21 minutes seven days a week. But when you work a demanding office job, which likely has hours that exceed the typical 40 hour work week, how are you supposed to fit in that much needed movement?
Below are five ways to stay active when you work an office job (and none of them involve the gym).
- Use an active motion office chair, like swopper. When you sit on a motion office chair, like swopper, you are keeping your body constantly in motion while you work. Your core and back muscles are engaged and your posture is ideal. This eliminates much of the health risks that come with prolonged sitting. Plus you can burn up to an extra 500 calories per day just sitting.
- Go for walking meetings. Banish the boring conference room for your next meeting and instead take things for a walk. This is especially effective if you are meeting with just one or two other people. Either walk the halls or go outside to get some fresh air while you collaborate.
- Institute “plank o’clock.” Break up the monotony of the day by choosing a time every day to complete a 60 minute plank at your work space. Better yet – engage your coworkers to do it all together as a way to get everyone’s blood pumping during the typical afternoon slump.
- Bike to work. If you live within biking distance to work, this can be a great way to stay active with limited time. Cycling has been shown to burn 400 and 1000 an hour, depending on intensity and rider weight.
- Use a height-adjustable desk and chair, like muvman. When you have the ability to raise or lower your desk and work chair, you unlock the ability to engage in transitional sitting – or the form of sitting experts say is the healthiest. Basically it means you move between sitting, standing and perching to maximize movement within your body. Muvman is the ultimate height adjustable chair, with a height range of 20 – 33″ or 23.5 to 36″ for the tall version.
Working an office job often means you need to consciously weave movement and activity into your daily life. Thankfully it doesn’t mean you have to slave away at the gym. Institute the above ideas and you’ll be on your way to optimal activity that fits into your life.