Why You Should Invest in a Good Office Chair

In our industry it’s not uncommon to hear some people’s complete dismay to the price of some office chairs.  Mainly people think ”it’s just a chair, why is it so expensive?”

It’s true that there are chairs that are fairly inexpensive.  However these chairs can be low quality. They fulfill temporary need, but most likely within the near future end up in a landfill somewhere and the user has to purchase another one.

At the other end of the spectrum there are the really expensive chairs, but most likely they’re expensive for a reason i.e. materials, design, ergonomics etc.  As with anything there’s always a middle ground as well.

The old phrase “you get what you paid for” really hits the target when it comes to office seating products. What people don’t think about is how much use (and abuse!) an office chair gets.  For most people an office chair needs to support them for 7+ hours a day, 5 days a week. That adds up to a lot of “SITTING TIME!”

And of course you want to be comfortable and free of back pain during that time frame. This is where the boys get separated from the men – so to speak.

Swopper Materials

A good office chair is going to be:

  • Made with quality, durable components
  • Engineered to ensure proper ergonomic functions
  • Have options for the individual to make it fit their own needs
  • Include a great warranty and service
  • Showcase trend-setting design

Often new trends will come with a price attached because it’s new and different.  But hey…we all want to be trendsetters!!

All of these add up to make your sitting experience much more enjoyable. What’s your comfort worth?  Everyone will have a different answer to this based on personal preferences. But think about this…. we have no problem throwing down money for extremely expensive beds…why?  Because it’s comfortable, makes us feel better and we spend half of our lifetime in bed.

Why wouldn’t you think of a good office chair in the same context?  You spend a lot of time there too. I don’t know about you, but I would prefer to spend a little more upfront for quality vs spending less and buying the same thing over and over.  That definitely adds up in the end.

As we say at Swopper – we are dedicated to the sweet spot of seating! Customized not prescribed.

~ Sandra Bowie

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Making Music in Your Chair: Reasons Why Musicians Need a Swopper

As a fitness professional, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with many of most talented artists in the music industry. Traveling with them around the globe, I am glued to their sides monitoring their health around the clock. One place that I’ve spent more time with them than any gym, is the music studio.

Inside any studio is obstacle of unhealthy traps. From soda to candy, I work as a shield of protection keeping the artist fueled with the best in nutrition. However, there is one unhealthy area that many of my clients seem fall victim to … the studio chair.

Musician needs a swopper

It is here that the artist endures a host of unhealthy side affects while sitting static in a chair for hours, like muscle inactivity, poor circulation, a decrease in core strength, decrease in performance, as well as a rise in the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular illness.

These issues go unrecognized, which amazes me. Artists, like athletes, yearn to be tunneled throughout a state of peak performance through which their creativity will be exalted to its highest level. I tell them that poor circulation and lack of activity while sitting in a standard chair for hours, can hamper that creativity and performance they work hard for.

That is why I believe musicians are an ideal set to use a motion chair like a swopper. The side to side, up and down, and other gentle movements of the swopper open the flood gates of circulation allowing blood, nutrients and oxygen to sing powerfully throughout their body. Increasing performance, heightening concentration and driving awareness, the swopper results in clearer thinking and ultimately may aid in reducing those long, tiring and endless hours in the studio.

Musicians, a swopper may just be the best studio investment that you’ll ever make.

~ Jay Cardiello

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What Your Swopper Color Says About You

Last month, Jenn offered some ideas to personalize your office space, to make you feel more at home and help your co-workers get to know you better. A couple weeks ago, Sandra suggested some great talking points for convincing your boss to get you that motion chair you’ve had your eye on. Now you’re ready to order, and you’ve come to the hardest part: choosing the color!

Now, we know that some offices have specific designs and color schemes, but for fun let’s assume that your boss is letting you completely customize your space to best suit you, right down to your seat! How do you decide what to go with? Well, let’s take a look at what some of your options might say about you!

Black: The Ninja

Black Swopper

You are inconspicuous and efficient! You want people to take you seriously. You speak for yourself and don’t necessarily need your surroundings to express any differently. You are practical and maybe a tad serious, but people know they can count on you to get in, get out, and get the job done!

Brown: The Confidant

You are honest and trustworthy. Your co-workers and friends know they can depend on you. You are strong and powerful, and you’re the person most people would count on to wrangle up any tough situation before it gets out of control!

 

Blue: The Comforter

Blue Swopper

You are welcoming and caring, which gives you the ability to make anybody comfortable in almost any situation. Your co-workers see you as a beacon of peace when things get too stressful. You manage to stay calm while re-gaining control and order. You are dependable and generally cheerful because you don’t sweat the small stuff.

Yellow: The Ray of Sunshine

You are the cheery, bright light of the office. You could probably make the dullest office come to life with your smile alone. You love team building and probably won the three-legged race at the last office picnic!

Green: The Peacemaker

Green Swopper

You are calm and collected. You may be a bit of a dreamer, but you stay within realistic expectations. You can encourage others without making them feel overwhelmed.

Orange: The Social Butterfly

Orange Swopper

You are a true people person! You can get along with anybody and make friends easily. You are great at networking and bringing diverse groups of people together.

Pink/Purple: The Diva

You are fun and exciting! You refuse to be put in a box or anywhere your creativity isn’t free to flow. You have a strong attention to detail and take pride in a job well done.

Red: The Star

red swopper

You are bold and powerful. You are the life of any party, and you know how to make people smile and laugh. You are fierce and driven, you know what you want and how to get it! Others look to you for encouragement, enthusiasm, and inspiration.

As you can see, people can tell a lot about you by the colors and styles you choose. But wait… your favorite color isn’t a current swopper option?! Let us know! We have access to a variety of fabrics and patterns and would be happy to help you find the one that’s just right for you!

What’s your ideal swopper color… and can you guess mine?

Aleta Simmons, Swopper.com Customer Service Super Star!

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The Buzz Around The Dangers of Sitting

Sitting is the new smoking, they say, and studies have linked too many hours on your butt to an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and early death. Not even regular exercise can counteract the health dangers of sitting all day long. The sitting disease, as I’ve heard it been coined, is the new way to slowly bury yourself.

We’ve seen this story play out again and again recently in the media. Scientists, medical professionals and journalists are waking up to the real impact sitting can have on the health of our nation’s workers. We here at Swopper are ecstatic to see this issue that we are so passionate about gaining momentum.

Here are some of our favorite quotes from recent media coverage about the sitting epidemic:

  • “The amount of time spent sitting was found to drive up health risks independently of other factors that would often contribute to poor health and which might also be linked to sedentary behavior, such as smoking, age and obesity. That suggests, for example, that although long hours spent sitting might indeed contribute to weight gain, it is probably harmful even if it doesn’t make you obese.” La Times
  • Physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth-leading risk factor for death for people all around the world, according to the World Health Organization.
  • “Just since January, researchers have reported that sitting for long hours is linked to: Worse mental health, A higher risk of death from heart disease and a higher risk of being disabled.” Web MD
  • ”Don’t demonize sitting,” LaCroix says. The message, she says, is to reduce sitting time by breaking it up. Although experts aren’t sure how often you need to get up, they suggest getting up about every 30 minutes if possible.” Web MD

The story is clear … sitting all day is killing us. So what can you do? We firmly believe that incorporating some motion into your sitting routine can reverse the negative health affects from sitting sedentatry.

Swopper Chair Benefits

Swopper, muvman and 3Dee allow you to have the comfort of a chair, with the motion your body needs. Bouncing, tilting, swaying and perching are just some of the ways our chairs keep you moving, your core engaged and your blood flowing.

It’s time to pay attention to the growing buzz around the sitting health epidemic and make changes to our lifestyles to combat the affects of too much sitting.

~ Jenn Lytle

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How Sitting Ruins Your Health…

Whether you are physically active or not, prolonged sitting is detrimental to your health. Dubbed as the ‘new smoking,’ prolonged sitting silently causes havoc on body from the moment you descend onto a chair. Researchers have shown such health risks include an increase in cardiovascular disease and up to a 20% drop in good cholesterol after just a few hours of sitting. With both work-loads and hours increasing, it is easy to understand how sitting is ruining your health.

Prolonged sitting

As a society, we understand that sitting at a desk carries negative effects with it. Simply put, our bodies are not meant to remain inactive. Many of us have implemented exercise programs to avoid the negative effects on the body. Unfortunately, daily walks on a treadmill do not protect one from the health risks associated with prolonged sitting.

To better understand this point and illustrate just how detrimental sitting can be to one’s health, I will interject myself into the seated equation. Relatively speaking, I exercise daily, follow a healthy meal plan with relatively no alcohol and am not overweight or obese.

Imagine that I am working a typical 8-hour day with a couple breaks away from my desk. From the moment I sit behind my computer, my body starts to burn calories at a slower pace. I begin to adjust myself back and forth in the chair, as my neck and back muscles tighten due to my body’s decrease in circulation and my now forward lean showing early signs of fatigue. As I grow more lethargic, unbeknown to me my insulin levels are beginning to drop. I even start to find myself growing hungry, though I have not moved much since sitting down. Why is this? Well, my appetite regulating hormones are thrown off, and I am losing concentration while growing increasingly stressed.

Compounding this over time, my health risks start to manifest themselves: weight gain, muscle atrophy, poor posture, higher cholesterol, a greater risk of diabetes, heart disease, prostate cancer and early death.

In the gym, I cannot compete with negative effects of the chair, and it is more than just posture. Because of the rounding of my back, I now run the risk of shoulder issues when performing anterior strengthening protocols. My days of running without struggling for air are long winded. Due to the fact that my lungs have to work so much harder with my newly positioned forward tilt in my upper back, each run feels like a marathon instead of a mind clearing experience.

In the end, I retire from years behind a computer and now have the pleasure of spending my ‘Golden Years’ with a heightened risk of orthopedic concerns, illness and an early death.

This story sounds so familiar for many. Fortunately, I want you to know that you can counteract the health risks associated with prolonged sitting just by remaining active at your desk and implementing a good system of getting up and taking a few-minute break every hour. Remember, it’s your life and you are worth it!

~ Jay Cardiello

Jay Cardiello is a Wellness and Fitness Expert who has worked with such people as 50 Cent, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest, Kevin Love and Sofia Vargara. Cardiello has also spent time in the professional coaching ranks with such teams as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cincinnati Reds Baseball Organization. Aside from his coaching attributes, Cardiello acts as the SHAPE Fitness Editor at Large and is a Contributing Editor at Muscle & Fitness and Men’s Fitness. As well as the Residential Celebrity Trainer for OK and STAR Magazines. Cardiello is the Co-Founder of Off the Scale (a Prescription Based Health Care Initiative Program to help combat Obesity). He has also authored the book, Cardio Core 4×4 and Founded the 20-Minute Body Weight workout of the JCORE.

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Five Professions That Need to Use Muvman Stools

Every time I present muvman to people they always love all the features and functions of the stool, the health and wellness benefits and the dynamic design.  Then as they play with it, you can see the wheels spinning in their head as to where they could utilize muvman.

Often in my day to day life, I come across people at their place of work and think “they could really benefit from a muvman.” Really anyone who spends much of their day standing or transitioning from a sit to stand position is primed for a muvman stool. 

I thought it would be fun to list out the top five professions I think could benefit the most from using a muvman.

Muvman Stool at work

  1. Lab/Pharmacy/Specialized Medical Procedures – most pharmacists work at higher counters, often standing for long periods. They also work in tight spaces that require freedom of movement. To me, the muvman is the perfect companion for these healthcare workers.The size of muvman is perfect for tight pharmacy space.  People who work with microscopes love muvman as it helps eliminate the “hunchback” posture due to the natural 4 degree forward tilt.   Also since there are typically a number of employees utilizing the same space, muvman can easily be adjusted to fit each individual.
  1. Architects/Designers – these folks often congregate around large project tables reviewing large plans or researching finishes and samples.  These meetings can be quite lengthy so muvman offers them options to perch or stand.  Also, being in the design business, they need to relay a look of high design themselves, present their firm as being cutting edge…and nothing says that better than muvman.
  1. Assembly & Manufacturing – many times these jobs can require an individual to do repetitive work, often not moving around too much, or working at height adjustable benches.  Having the option to perch on a muvman, but still have lateral motion to reach for tools, adjust up and down and/or move things down the line can cause less fatigue throughout their workday.
  1. Kiosks – I think anyone who works behind or in a kiosk situation is in a perfect position to use a muvman.  They typically have little room, stand for long periods of time, yet need to look at and be engaged with their customer.  Think of all those kiosks you see in the malls- Verizon, perfume/cosmetic etc…
  1. Bank Tellers – this is a no brainer!  Think of every bank teller you’ve ever dealt with….they stand!  Even if they have a typical stool to use, they don’t because it’s too big and bulky for their space and makes them sit further away from the counter and customer.  Then they are having to “hunch” forward to reach everything they need to do. The muvman is a great solution for anyone working as a bank teller.

These are only 5 areas, and as we know the applications are endless – elevator operators, high tech, higher education, gaming, hospitality, hobbyists, security guards, libraries, newscasters, toll booth operators, airline and car rental counters, muscians, mail sorters etc.  THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS.

Again….the 2 key points to remember about what jobs are ideal for a muvman:

  • Work areas that can go from a sit to perch to stand position.
  • People who are required to stand for long periods of time.  Muvman can alleviate the fatigue that comes with that.

Do you think people in your occupation could benefit from a muvman? Leave a comment with what you do.

~ Sandra Bowie, Motion Seating Director

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All About the Muvman Tall

If you read this blog, then by now you are probably aware of our award-winning muvman active sit/stand stool.  It blurs the line between sitting and standing by offering a 13” height travel range to allow the user the option to “perch” at various heights, no longer just sitting or standing.

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For the majority of the population the standard muvman fits the bill with a height range of 20”-33”.

But did you know we offer a muvman TALL as well?  It has all the same great attributes as the standard but with a height range of 23”-36”, again a 13” height travel range!

Wow!  That’s a high stool.

Those of us who are vertically challenged can’t even get our tush onto it at the highest setting.

But for those people in the 6’2” and taller range…it’s a perfect fit.

Think of those tall people you see on an airplane practically turning themselves into a pretzel to fit into their seat with no leg room.  The same goes for the taller person sitting at the standard 29” high fixed desk with a standard task chair.  It just doesn’t fit them comfortably and is most likely going to cause back / posture issues or a host of other physical problems down the road.

With the increased use of the height adjustable desks many taller people are now much more comfortable in their work environment especially if they use a muvman TALL with that desk.

The beauty of all our motion chairs is the height ranges are different from the norm so they are all able to accommodate “many transitional” sitting positions.  Again, all bodies are different and everyone has different work styles….with our motion chairs : swopper, swopper AIR, muvman, muvman Tall and 3Dee – we can accommodate everyone’s work style.

You can find out more about the muvman tall here. If you have specific questions, leave a comment and I’ll respond within 24 hours.

~ Sandra Bowie, Motion Seating Director

 

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How To Stay Fit When You Work An Office Job

Let’s face it. Everyone knows by now how bad it is to be sitting behind a desk all day. But for many 9 to 5’ers, that’s just the reality based on their job requirements.

Unfortunately it’s a catch 22 for many. They want to be more active, but that requires time and usually by the end of the day, the fact that they were inactive all day leaves them with no energy or motivation to be physically active.

So what’s an office worker to do? Obviously, with our Motion Seating chairs (swopper, muvman and 3Dee) we are turning the “in-active office” into the “active office.” We are passionate about the health benefits these chairs can bring to the “ho hum” work day.

In addition to incorporating movement into your day with a motion chair, here are some other tips for how to stay fit when you work an office job.

  1. There’s the 30/30 rule- Every 30 minutes take a 30 second stretch break (or do some fun active bouncing on your swopper!).
  1. Take the stairs not the elevator – unless you work on the 70th floor and you’re already late for work.
  1. Move your printer further away so you have to get up to retrieve your printed items. I have this and love it!! In fact my printer is two offices away!
  1. Drink lots of water out of a refillable bottle that you need to refill at the water cooler down the hall – fill it often throughout the day. I do this as well. It’s a nice break for the eyes from staring at a computer for long periods of time.
  1. Take a lunchtime break outside and go for a walk. The fresh air will do you good as well!

Muvman Stool

  1. Use a height adjustable desk and change your posture often from sitting to standing and everywhere in between (think muvman!)
  1. Walk over and talk to that co-worker vs emailing. This can tackle a number of issues. It can lead to clearer communication, encourage creative dialogue and develop stronger relationships with your co-workers.
  1. Pace around your office when talking on the phone. This can help increase your thought processes and concentration plus burn some extra calories.

Don’t be afraid to try any of these even if you think it makes you look funny. Most likely your employer will applaud you for the efforts. Having healthy employees results in fewer work days lost and as any HR person knows, the cost of absenteeism is staggering.

So Keep On Moving – whether it’s at work or play!!

~ Sandra Bowie, Motion Seating Director

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New Study Confirms Health Benefits of Standing Desks

We in the office tend to get excited when we see new scientific studies (no, really we do!) related to the dangers of leading a sedentary lifestyle. That’s why we were particularly jazzed when a new study commissioned by Workrite Ergonomics came out recently that proved there are considerable health benefits of standing desks.

Workrite Ergonomics manufacturer sit to stand work desks and accessories, which of course is a perfect companion to our Muvman sit to stand stools. In their new study, they measured the biometric benefits of sit to stand workspaces.

They did this by outfitting office workers with real-time wearable cardiac monitoring devices designed to continuously capture various human biometrics, including ECG, heart rate and skin temperature.

The results confirmed what we anecdotally knew … incorporating motion into your workday provides numerous health and wellness benefits. Just look at these results, you can’t argue with the results. This is why we at Swopper are so excited and we wanted to share with you the health benefits found in this study!

Dangers of sitting Workrite study Health benefits of standing desk

If given the choice I would have a completely height adjustable work station just about anywhere I’d want to work, which is why when the participants of this study were done, they requested to KEEP their new work station (lucky them!).

It’s incredible to see all of the health benefits of standing desks that come from the simple change from sitting sedentary all day to incorporating movement. Sometimes easy changes can have a huge impact.

Read more about the Workrite Ergonomic study here.

~ Jenn Lytle, Director of Customer Service and Social Marketing

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10 Ways to Burn 500 Calories (One is Just Sitting!)

 

One of my favorite aspects of motion seating and Swopper specifically is how easy it is to use and reap the benefits from. After a short adjustment period, sitting on these chairs becomes natural and we don’t even think about it … that is until we check out our waistline.

That’s right, Swopper has been shown to help users burn up to 300 – 500 calories a day depending on age, weight, sex and intensity of movement. Can your regular office chair do that??

To help illustrate just how much 500 calories is, here are 10 ways you can burn 500 calories:

  1. 65 minutes of downhill skiing, or 50 minutes of cross-country skiing.
  2. Jumping rope for 45 minutes
  3. An hour and a half of golfing, when you’re walking the course and carrying your clubs
  4. One hour on the stair stepper
  5. Six hours of kissing
  6. Running stairs for 45 minutes
  7. One hour on the rowing machine
  8. Two hours of yoga
  9. 50 minutes of full-court basketball
  10. Sitting on a Swopper during your work day!!

I don’t know about you, but if I’m choosing between 45 minutes of running stairs and simply sitting on a Swopper at work, I’ll take the Swopper any day.

Are you interested in tracking exactly how many calories you burn each day while sitting on the Swopper? Then stay tuned because coming this winter, our new Swopper Fit app will allow you to do just that. More details to come.

Tell us, what’s your preferred way to burn 500 calories?

~ Chas Hepler, CEO & President

 

 

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