Category “Health & Wellness”
We spend thousands of dollars on our mattresses, cars and couches, but when it comes to our office chair, we often end up sitting on whatever our company provides or even worse those cheap chairs sold at big box stores. When the average individual spends between 50 to 60 percent of their day sitting, one has to wonder, why wouldn’t you invest in a good office chair?
Scientific research over the past twenty years has consistently shown that a sedentary lifestyle can wreck havoc on your health. In fact, studies have shown a 112 percent increase in diabetes, 147 percent increase in cardiovascular disease, 90 percent increase in cardiovascular mortality, and a 49 percent increase in all-cause mortality in sedentary individuals.
So why is it, when we know the damaging effect sitting has on our body, that we are complacent to sit on any old office chair?
Did you know, the right office chair can actually improve your overall health vs harm it. Using a motion chair, like swopper or 3Dee, can help you maintain peak performance within the confines of a typical work environment.
When you invest in an ergonomic motion chair, like swopper or 3Dee, you take the guesswork out of how to stay healthy while working in an office setting. Motion chairs allow your body to stay in optimal posture with three-dimensional movement – backwards, forwards, sideways and up and down too.
Moving while you sit also means you strengthen your core muscles, improve your posture, increase circulation and can even burn up to 500 additional calories a day. Apart from that, bouncing up and down is good for the mind and soul – because it is just plain fun!
Motion seating also means you don’t have to schedule in walking breaks every thirty minutes, like research suggest to mitigate the effects of sitting. Who wants to break out of their workflow to go for a walk every half hour?
When evaluating what office chair to buy, you can choose to invest in one that will elevate and improve your overall health, or one that leads you down the road of a sedentary lifestyle.
When determining the best use of your money, the answer seems clear, right?
When faced with the dilemma of whether to sit or stand during the work day, many health conscious people choose a standing desk set up because they believe it to be the healthier alternative. New research out of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and the IWH are showing this may not be the case.
They studied 7,300 heart disease-free Ontario workers for 12 years, from 2003 to 2015, to compare their standing/sitting work habits with whether they developed heart disease. What they found is that workers who mainly stood – bank tellers, cashiers, chef and nurses for example – had higher rates of heart disease than workers who sat much of the day.
They correlated standing all day with increases in heart disease due to two factors: “the blood pooling in your legs and the other is by increased venous pressure in your body by trying to pump that blood back up to your heart.” To add to this, the Human Factors & Ergonomic Society (HFES) reported standing for long periods of time just as bad as sitting for long periods of time.
So what IS the best way to sit? We call it transitional sitting.
So if you sit most of the day, try to move more, and if you stand most of the day, try to work in sitting time. Transitional sitting is easy to achieve with the Muvman sit to stand chair. This ergonomic motion chair allows standing desk users to easily perch on the chair without having to lower the height of their workstation. Another option is the swopper High, which allows users an extra 4” of height while offering dynamic multi-dimensional movement.
With it’s ability to tilt forward and adjust height between 20 – 33″, Muvman allows you to reap the health benefits of standing AND sitting at once while staying in motion. Researchers agree that moving between sitting and standing while incorporating motion is the ideal work set up.
Click here to learn more about the Muvman and how it is the perfect chair for anyone looking to incorporate transitional sitting into their daily life. If you’re interested in swopper High, call us at 800-433-6614 for more information.
It seems like every week more and more research is being released showing the health risks of prolonged sitting. It appears our modern lifestyle of sitting at a desk for 8+ hours a day is wrecking havoc on our bodies.
The latest bout of research to come out on the topic shows that there’s a direct connection between time spent sitting and early mortality. Published by the Annals of Internal Medicine, this study analyzed the daily sitting habits of nearly 8,000 adults over the age of 45.
The results were staggering – as your time spent sitting increases, so does your risk of early mortality. Lead author of the new study, Keith Diaz, told CNN “People who frequently sat for more than 90 minutes at a stretch had a nearly two-fold greater risk of death than those who almost always sat for less than 90 minutes at a stretch.”
To combat the adverse health risks of too much sitting, Diaz’s team suggests sitting for only 30 minutes at a time before getting up to move your body. “The best suggestion I can make is to take a movement break every half hour,” said Diaz. “Our findings suggest this one behavior change could reduce your risk of death.”
Motion seating, like on a swopper, muvman, 3Dee or oyo, is the simplest way to incorporate movement into your daily work routine. With these ergonomic chairs, you no longer have to worry about scheduling breaks every 30 minutes – often disrupting the flow of work. Instead, you’ll be moving almost continuously as you bounce, sway and tilt at your workspace.
When you sit in motion, your body is benefitting from increased circulation, improved posture and boosted mental focus and performance. You’ll likely notice your muscle composition increasing while back and hip pain diminished.
In short, if your lifestyle causes you to sit for more than 30 minutes at a time, research once again shows that movement is the key to maintaining optimal health.
Have you ever done your research and started thinking…did I cover my most important questions? We are here to help answer your questions on the swopper chair, here are the top 3 questions we receive about them.
How do you sit correctly on a swopper?
Sit down in the center of the swopper seat so that the spring strut becomes an extension of your spine. Keep your balance with your buttocks and both legs with your feet flat on the floor.
Your pelvis should be slightly higher than your knees to form an open angle between hips and knees, this benefits your circulation. Bounce around a few times and you will then automatically sit up straight and your diaphragm is freed to help you breathe more deeply. Your body alignment enhances your intellectual performance by improving the supply of oxygen to your body.
If you are using the swopper at work, you need to shift your weight to move the seat towards your desk. This automatically brings your body into a position in which your spine moves freely and upright over the slightly inclined pelvis which helps you keep your back straight. The spring strut of the swopper automatically takes over the forward tilt that your spine has to manage on its own when using a conventional office chair, which takes the hunchback sitting position out of the equation.
Can I sit all day without a backrest?
The swopper is completely different than conventional chairs, with a conventional office chair, you do need a back support on it because you sit for long periods without moving. however, your muscles are not made for hours of holding one position as this is what causes tension and backache. On the swopper, however, your back remains constantly active and in motion and at any time your body starts to feel fatigued you should begin moving on your swopper . This trains and strengthens your back and core muscles to help support your body in a better more balanced way.
What is the difference between a classic swopper and swopper air?
The classic swopper substructure is an all “foam seat head” with fabric over it. It has a “firmer sit.”
With the swopper air, we are using a material that’s not foam. The hi-tech “3dea” material is used in i.c.u. beds and offers the following characteristics along with a “softer sit”:
- very resilient
- supportive where pressure is applied yet without pressure points
- breathable due to its woven nylon filament
- seat cover is a woven knit material that’s also very breathable and heat regulating.
What does it take to motivate a child? Could it be that one small change in seating options can help facilitate a whole new level of focusing on learning?
Michelle reached out to us months prior to school starting this year, she is a special education teacher that was ultimately curious as to how her students, many of whom are on the Autism spectrum, would react to a whole new way of active seating. We sent her two swopper chairs to use in her special education classroom and we wanted to share some of her feedback from the first month of school.
“Teaching seven 3rd-5th graders, all but one is on the Autistic spectrum and you should have seen their excitement for the newest additions to our classroom!! These students are used to having access to occupational therapy type jumping platforms, therapy balls etc…when they found out they couldn’t keep the chairs and they were just on loan there were many a pouty face to be seen.
After explaining that these were “work” chairs the students went to work!! Here’s some of my favorite feedback from the experience.
One student who speaks VERY little said “chair…can I have the red chair? I like the chair.” This is a huge win as he seldom requests anything!!
One student who dislikes doing work more than most had been sitting in a regular chair and chose to work longer while he sat on the swopper chair.
A few students comment that they want the cool chair and they all find it FUN!
I especially find that the students that have low core muscle tone have benefited the children to help build their core muscles and help maintain better-working positions in the swopper chair.
My overall feel for this seating solution is that when my students are having fun, they are more engaged and when they are more engaged they are learning more!!
Michelle R., M.Ed.
Special Education Teacher
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More and more of the workforce is leaving the office environment and embracing the work-from-home trend. Working from home is no longer relegated for independent contractors. In fact, many companies are eschewing the traditional office for better work life balance in an effort to attract top talent, regardless of where they’re located.
While working from home has many benefits, there are some potential issues. Follow the below tips to make working from home a success for yourself and your team.
- Keep to a Routine: It’s easy to get lax while working at home. Keep yourself to a strict routine – like always starting work by 8:30 am, breaking for lunch at noon and stopping for the day at 5:00 pm – to keep yourself on task.
- Set up a proper workspace: Designate an office space for yourself at home so you feel like you’re “going to work” when you enter that space. Get the appropriate work furniture like a stand up desk and Muvman sit to stand stool to make your space inviting and functional.
- Just say no to pajamas: Even though you aren’t seeing people face to face, getting dressed for work each day can help make you feel prepared to tackle your day.
- Reach out to coworkers daily: It’s easy to feel a bit isolated working from home. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re having calls with coworkers daily to keep the lines of communication open and effective.
- Avoid distractions: A traditional workplace can have a lot of distractions, but working from home brings it’s own set as well. Set up a gate to keep children out of your workspace, don’t work in the same room as a tv and commit to limiting your web browsing.
- Know when to shut down for the day: When your work is at home, it’s easy to feel the urge to ALWAYS be working. Set limits for yourself and prioritize your family/down time too.
- Keep active: One of the perks of working from home is the ability to stay active without the curious stares of coworkers. Get outside in your backyard for a quick workout, go for a lunch time walk or invest in a motion office chair, like swopper, and bounce, tilt or sway the day away.
If you’re lucky enough to work from home, following these tips can make your workday for productive and enjoyable. Leave a comment with any tips you have for making working from home a success!
~ Jenn Lytle
Let’s face it, sitting at a desk all day can wreck havoc on your body. Muscles sit unused and gains at the gym seem to waste away. Beyond taking breaks to walk, it can feel like there’s nothing you can do to combat the negative affects of sitting all day.
Thankfully with a bit of ingenuity, you can bring elements of your fitness routine right to your desk with simple, effective exercises that can be done at your desk.
Here are some of our favorite desk exercises to stay active in the office:
- Tricep dips. Utilize your desk to strengthen your upper arms and core.
- Wooden Leg: Or another term for leg lifts. Right from your chair you can strengthen your thighs, core and calve muscles.
- Invisible chair sit: Take a few minutes every few hours to do some squats right at your desk for a great all-body workout.
- Desk push ups: Use your desk again to do some angled push ups at your desk. Or impress your coworkers by doing traditional floor pushups every now and then.
- Invest in a motion chair: Keep your body in motion all day long without even thinking about it by using a swopper, muvman or 3dee motion chair. You can even burn up to 500 extra calories per day using one of these chairs, while also strengthening your body, core and legs.
Working in an office all day does not mean you have to lose your physical strength. Use these exercises to keep your shape up. Have some desk exercises to add? Leave your ideas in the comments!
~ Jenn Lytle
For a CEO/President, one of the responsibilities that comes up from time to time is the office layout and design. If you are expanding, rehabbing, moving to a new location, or building a new building, a process is undertaken to figure out what is needed. It can involve the whole thing or just one part, like new desks or new chairs. Executives engage architects, designers, and furniture dealers to help in this process as very few are experts on this since this is not the main line of work. It is making products or providing services, not buying furniture.
Decisions, however, have to be made. The design used to often be tied to the corporate culture and the corporate hierarchy. The size of the office, location, view, and furniture often reflected the status in the hierarchy. Today, instead of a top down everybody tote the corporate culture and conform, hierarchies have become inverted.
Ideas need to flow up and down the organization, and not be centralized at the top. The key is to provide and create environments that nurture and encourage employee engagement. Instead of simply having a cubicle as the work zone, companies have multiple areas including lounge, working cafeterias and coffee canteens, quiet zones, hobby areas, outdoor areas, and even areas where people can work on personal things while at work. The goal is to let the individual determine what will make them the most happy and motivated, while at the same time have more interaction and brainstorming in open collaborative environments.
The active office, with motion chairs like swopper, muvman, 3-dee, and oyo, support the open and collaborative work settings as well as address the other key challenge of health and wellness in the workplace.
Muvman is the best compliment to height adjustable worktables, and it also only weighs 13 pounds so you can easily take it with you to perch on in a collaborative area with colleagues. Swopper is the most active office chair in the world, and encourages movement all day long, which keeps you energized. 3-dee also keeps you active and provides a backrest for those used to a more traditional chair. Oyo is such a fun saddle-style chair that is perfect to have in lounge areas where people engage each other.
The active office, combined with the new more varied workplace, is the best way to achieve a productive and healthy workplace. This is a key advantage when competing for, attracting, and retaining key talent. Being aware of these options and trends will help leaders of companies achieve their overall corporate mission.
CEO, President Via Seating
Welcome to 2016! We’re more than a week into the new year already… How are those resolutions looking? For many of us, the New Year means a new opportunity to set goals, typically aimed at living a better life in one way or another. We can also really stress ourselves out this time of year – maybe we set ourselves up for disappointment before we’ve even begun by having unrealistic expectations.
Did you vow to hit the gym every day, or to never eat another carb? Instead of these monumental challenges we put on ourselves, what if we just vowed to make slight changes in our everyday lives? Changes that may be easier to stick to and have a greater impact if we keep them up throughout the year (instead of just this week).
We’ve put together some ideas for burning extra calories while you work, so maybe sticking to that healthier lifestyle won’t be as hard as it sounds.
It’s easy and convenient to pick up the phone and dial a co-worker’s extension, but it may be worthwhile to walk to them, even if they’re on the other side of the office. It may not seem like much, but it will all add up. By the end of the day, you may have walked a mile or two, burning at least 100 calories.
How many times a day do you get up, simply to use the restroom or re-fill your water bottle? Each time you leave your desk, try doing 30 jumping jacks before you sit back down. If you get up twice an hour, you will have done almost 500 jumping jacks by the end of the day, burning almost 50 calories!
Did you know you can burn up to 50 more calories an hour standing instead of sitting? Even if you stood at your desk for half a work day, that’s up to 200 calories!
The rest of that time you’re sitting at your desk? Try bouncing on a swopper motion chair! swopper has many health benefits, from relieving back tension to engaging your core, and it’s also a great way to burn calories. If you actively bounce and sway while you’re working at your desk, you can burn a few hundred extra calories every day!
It’s that time of the year! The time where many make their New Year’s resolutions and hope and pray they can stick to them. I think many times people set unrealistic or hard to obtain goals.
Here are five super simple and super healthy resolutions to maintain throughout the year, and they’re easy because you can do them right in your own office during your work day!
- Keep the disinfectant handy – this time of year especially we are all battling the viruses and germs that can overtake an office. It’s very easy to wipe down the items that harbor these nasty germs i.e. keyboards, desks, mouse and phones. Do it often!!
- Be comfortable – Sitting in awkward positions and staring at a monitor at the wrong height are just a couple issues that workers tend to ignore until they start to feel the pain. Make sure your work space is working for you. Use a great chair like swopper, muvman or 3Dee to encourage you to move throughout the day. Check your mouse and keyboard positioning to make sure you’re using them properly. Remember: if you’re feeling pain, it’s your body’s way of telling you to change something.
- Get the snacks and candy off the desk – Feeling peckish? It’s always easy to find plenty of unhealthy snacks in an office. Keep fruits or nuts around and walk out of your way to avoid the candy machine and sodas.
- Water, water, water – You should be drinking lots of water during the day. The 3 o’clock lull could be due to dehydration.
- Move – the most important of them all. Don’t get stuck sitting for hours on end. Easier said than done, so even if you have to set an alarm to prompt you…do it!! Walk at lunch, walk to the co-worker vs email, stretch at your desk. If you have a height adjustable desk…USE IT!! Remember the water mentioned above? How about getting that from a source furthest from your desk….
Now – go to work and stay healthy while you’re there. Happy New Year!!
~ Sandra Bowie