Category “Motion Seating”
If you’re like most American’s, your lifestyle includes a lot of sitting. Think about an average work day, we wake up and sit at the breakfast table, then sit while we commute to work, then sit at a desk for much of the day and finally relax on the couch. The hard truth is our bodies are sedentary much of the day.
We know from many studies that all this sedentary time is terrible for our bodies and overall health. Researchers are often heard urging people to “move more, sit less.” Conventional wisdom tells us that in order to avoid the many health risks that come with prolonged sitting, we “make up” for time spent sitting by hitting the gym or going for a run.
A new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology has some different advice for those who sit much of the day. The study of more than 8,000 middle aged or older participants showed that replacing time sitting with any movement, even a stretch or short walk, will reduce the risks that come with sitting.
“We can just do simple one-minute bouts and that’s enough to counteract, because you are activating your muscles,” research lead Dr. Keith Diaz of Columbia University Irving Medical Center told CBS News. “So one-minute bouts, if you do enough of them, would be enough to lower your risks, as long as you accrue 30 minutes or more.”
While the study did show that exercising at a higher intensity resulted in an increased reduction in risks from sitting, researchers were quick to point out that ANY movement has a positive affect.
If your lifestyle means you spend much of your time sitting, it’s important to find ways to include more movement into your work day. Take frequent breaks at work, or better yet use a motion office chair like swopper to keep your body in motion all day long.
When you sit on a swopper you are able to move in three dimensions, which keeps your body is a constant state of slight motion. When you sit this way, your muscles are engaged and you avoid the health risks that come with sitting all day.
If you find it is hard to hit the gym each day to counterbalance the affects of sitting, it’s good to know that you can reduce your health risks just by incorporating some regular movement into your daily routine.
Small spaces an issue?
Heather recently graduated from University and she writes to us, “My swopper chair is awesome – it fits perfectly under my desk when I need some extra room, or I can use it as a statement piece! All my friends LOVE it!”
Another student, Craig, says “I’m tight on space and I need everything I own to serve more than one purpose. My muvman chairs have been lifesavers – I can easily move them from my kitchen, to my desk, to the living room for extra seating when I have friends over.”
But WAIT, there’s MORE!
No time to exercise? No problem
Swopper allows for full movement of your large muscles while you sit! You can exercise your core, read, browse and get those creative juices flowing ALL WHILE SITTING DOWN!
We hear time and time again that swopper is used for multiple purposes. It isn’t just a chair – it’s anything you need it to be. Let motion work for you – you deserve it!
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Who knew that doing your 9 to 5 job could be contributing to the downfall of your health?
“Sitting is the new smoking.”
“Sitting for long periods of time at work can take years off of your life.”
Headlines like these have raised awareness to the dangers of sitting behind a desk all day – rest assured, for every problem there’s a solution and via seating has the perfect one for you!
At a recent show, more specifically the biggest international exhibition of workplace furniture in the world – Orgatec, new trends were defined and expanded on the idea of “sit to stand”. Orgatec is a biennial gage of what’s happening in the workplace specifically for trends and insights that are transforming office spaces as we know it.
Some emerging trends touched on the idea of shorter formal meetings – where standing desks and leaning chairs made the meetings more informal, shorter and played on the idea of keeping things concise. With $37 billion lost per year in the US to unproductive meetings – who isn’t for having a ‘leg up’ on production (no pun intended).
While “sitting is the new smoking”, stand up workstations and meeting spaces (with leaning chairs) aren’t for everyone. Keeping this in mind, a healthier compromise has been met – the “sit to stand” option! via seating takes pride in being on trend with its aeris line of motion seating products, specifically muvman. muvman responds to the motion of the sitter with a sit to stand/lean option, allowing for more flexibility. muvman allows you to work at a sitting as well as a standing position with the option of heights in-between! This way you can enjoy the full range of motion at any desk and not be confined to sitting or standing and weighing in at 13lbs, muvman is the perfect solution for any area where a small footprint is required.
Having an active office with a height adjustable desk and a muvman is committing to a healthy lifestyle that will improve your calorie burn, give you more energy and increase your productivity – not to mention, you’ll be so on trend!
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.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you know now that we feel passionate about getting people out of their sedentary lifestyles. Sitting all day has been shown time and again in studies to negatively impact our health and wellbeing both physically and mentally.
Following are some of the best reasons to get up out of your seat and move. Hopefully, these top ten reasons why you shouldn’t sit all day, will be the motivation you need to change your daily habits.
- We simply were not meant to sit all day. Evolution has not evolved from our hunting and gathering days to the point where our bodies are programmed to sit statically. In fact,we are meant to move and be active. Forcing our body to sit still for long periods of time is not a good thing.
- It is unhealthy. When you sit down in a chair multiple things happen. Your calorie burn goes close to zero. Your circulation is reduced and restricted. The amount of oxygen you take in is reduced. Your organs are crowded and squished together. All this has been linked to multiple diseases including cardiovascular, diabetes, heart, and other ailments including skeletal issues.
- It’s no fun. Sitting slows down everything in our body. We tend to get more tired and have less energy. We tend to reach for sweets and caffeine to offset these effects. These combinations can increase mood swings and make people more irritable.
- Exercising after work doesn’t do it. We tend to compensate for all the inactivity of working all day by vigorously exercising after work. Studies show that this does not make up for the damage done to the body from inactivity and everything we can do to increase activity during the day greatly improves health.
- Bad things accumulate. A disease doesn’t happen overnight. Mostly sitting statically for 8 to 10 hours a day, day after day, adds up. The impact and negative effects might not show up until later but they are happening. Sitting actively, day after day, also has a cumulative effect and this is very healthy for your body.
- It costs a lot of money to counteract these negative effects. Once the toll of sitting all day has wrecked havoc on your health, you’ll be in overdrive in other areas to regain your health.
- Brain function is reduced as well. Again, less blood flow and less brain enhancing hormones are flowing to the brain when you sit stationary. This reduces concentration and impedes learning and performance.
- Chairs often cause back and other pain The chairs we sit in are not necessarily ergonomically designed for us or proper for our body and we sit in ways that can be detrimental to our back, arms, and joints throughout our body.
- Your muscle mass is shrinking – Your muscles break down from inactivity and you become weaker, which reduces the amount of blood that is pumped to your heart. Your bone mass is also reduced up to 1% a year.
- It’s killing you. Sedentary sitting for an average of 6 hours a day 5 days a week increases the chance of dying from heart disease by 64%, while prostate or breast cancer increases by 30%.
The facts are undeniable; sitting stationary all day is terrible for your mind and body. By investing in a motion chair like swopper, muvman, oyo or 3Dee, you will mitigate all the negative effects of sitting mentioned above, while also having some fun.
President & CEO
One of my favorite parts of my job is traveling to trade shows and conference where attendees can visit our booth and sit on a swopper for the first time. Seeing their expression after that first moment of bouncing, tilting and swaying on a swopper is priceless.
Here are the four most common first reactions I see people have with the swopper.
“This chair is so fun to sit on!”
I can honestly say every time I’ve witnessed someone sit on a swopper for the first time, their immediate reaction is a BIG SMILE followed by “this is fun!” Often we’ll hear that the movement of the swopper reminds them of their childhood toys – think pogo stick, hippity hop, jump rope, wagons, rocking horses, and wobble boards (all the toys that kept us moving as children).
“There are a lot of health benefits to the swopper, huh?”
Other times, people’s immediately focus when sitting on the swopper is the fact that they are working their core and their back posture is feeling better and that this “fun” item could actually be a very beneficial health and wellness tool – one they could incorporate anywhere (office or home).
When I’m dealing with chiropractors or others within the healthcare industry, they can pretty much assume what the swopper will be doing before they even sit on it. Yet again…they even get the BIG SMILE.
“This chair looks so unique.”
Sometimes people’s first reaction is solely based on the look of the swopper. It’s as if it’s some alien device, and they aren’t sure how to approach it. However, once you explain how it moves and gently prod them to give it a try….wait, here it comes…the BIG SMILE happens once again!
The swopper is definitely a conversation piece and the design alone commands attention.
“My kids would love this.”
The fourth impression I’m receiving more of these days is coming from parents. Parents with kids who love to play video games…for hours! Yes, our kids choices of toys has changed dramatically these days. Unfortunately for many, these video games are taking the place of all the active physical fun things we should be encouraging.
Enter swopper. Parents are looking at swopper with the thought “If they are going to be sitting for hours playing video games, lets at least put them on a swopper, which would encourage them to move while playing.
And yes, I’ve seen young adults try swopper and again….a BIG SMILE!!
The bottom line is … Swopper = Fun =
If you’d like to give a swopper a try and experience that BIG SMILE yourself, we are offering free returns through October 31st. No risk, no hassle, just pure fun.
~ Sandra Bowie
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
Thank you for reading!
You spend a lot of time in your office chair, so when purchasing a new one, you want to make sure it is the perfect fit for your needs. Our motion chairs are so unique that often we hear from customers that they just don’t know where to start in choosing one.
Here at Via Seating, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. If you feel stumped at all on choosing a chair, I personally will hop on the phone with you to talk through every option and how they could fit your lifestyle.
Some of the questions I may ask you include:
Are you glued to your computer all day? Is the phone literally attached to you?
Are you a wanderer worker? Back and forth to your desk to the conference room?
The easy to carry muvman is ideal for you.
Do you use a standing desk, work behind a counter-height desk or like to adjust your height all day?
Definitely a muvman perching chair.
Do you just love to get a little exercise snuck in during the day?
Does your back often get sore or your muscles fatigued while sitting?
With the swopper chair, when you feel your body starting to feel fatigued from sitting in one spot, you immediately can rectify the situation by moving side to side or by bouncing up and down to get your muscles and blood flowing right away!
Depending on what your routine looks like at work or at home, we can help you pick out the best motion office chair for your needs. Call or email me anytime to start discussing which office chair is best for you!
855.272.5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org
~ Jenn Lytle
“Sitting is the new smoking,” “Sitting for long periods of time at work can take years off of your life,” “Static sitting contributes to chronic disease.” These are just some of the headlines that have raised awareness to the dangers of sitting behind a desk in front of a computer all day.
The answer for many people is: If sitting is bad, I will stand. Height adjustable desks are the rage. The problem is, there are issues with standing all day long as well…
- It loads up on your joints
- It can contribute to foot issues like plantar fasciitis
- You can get into bad standing postures aggravating issues in your hips and back
- Your heart has to work extra hard to fight gravity and get blood to your brain
Muvman is the ultimate solution for people that buy height adjustable desks. It is a perching chair. First of all, it has a range of 20” to 33” inches tall. This allows you to go all the way from a sitting position to almost standing with having enough weight on the chair to take the load off your joints while allowing a full range of motion.
Muvman allows you to work at any of the heights in-between, so you can use the full range of motion of the desk and not just be stuck with sitting or standing. When you want to stand, Muvman only weighs 13lbs so you can simply lift it out of the way under the desk. When you have a normal office chair with a standing desk, it is in the way when you want to stand, and it takes up a large footprint.
Disease doesn’t happen overnight. It is the cumulative effect of lifestyle choices over time. Sitting for 8+ hours a day, day after day, is not good and reduces circulation, reduces the amount of oxygen you take in and have in your bloodstream that goes to your brain, and slows your metabolism to practically zero. Having an active office with a height adjustable desk and a Muvman is committing to a healthy lifestyle that will improve your calorie burn, give you more energy, and increase your productivity.
Is muvman the right choice for you? Please call 855.272.5074 for a free phone consultation on what motion product fits best for you and your working environment!
~ Chas Hepler
We want to know which motion chair you are more intrigued by – the swopper air or the muvman sit-to-stand stool. From now until April 28, we are hosting a voting giveaway on our Facebook page. Cast your vote for your favorite motion chair and automatically be entered to win either a swopper air or muvman chair!
You will be entered to win regardless if your choice wins the face-off or not. Click the image below to go to our Facebook page to enter. Good luck!
~ Team Swopper