Category “Workplace Trends”
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?
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.
“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
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 in an office all day while it’s beautiful outside can be a downer. Summer is a time when the sun is shining, the pool is open and the urge to enjoy the outdoors is overwhelming. Follow these tips to make the most of summer while at your 9-5 office job.
1. Bring your favorite blooms to your desk. Love to garden? Snip some of your favorite backyard blooms to enjoy at your workspace all day.
2. Take your active time outdoors. We all know it’s good to take frequent breaks to get up and move your body. This summer, take those breaks outdoors by taking a walk around your workplace to enjoy the sun.
3. Organize a team outing. Summer is a great time to get your work team together for some team building. Find a local high ropes course, go to a baseball game or volunteer to plant flowers at a local park.
4. Keep active at your desk. Something about summer makes you want to move your body. Burn off your extra energy while sitting at your desk with a motion chair. Bounce, tilt and sway while getting lost in your work.
5. Talk your boss into summer Fridays or early release in the summer. Many progressive workplaces understand the need for work life balance – especially in the summer. Once a month summer Fridays or summer early release hours can help employees enjoy the longer days.
Let us know how you plan to enjoy the weather this summer! Leave a comment with your favorite way to spend the summer days.
~ 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
Spring is here and the sun is finally shining on a pretty regular basis. Yet you’re still stuck inside at your desk during the week. The urge to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather calls to us all. Here are some tips for beating cabin fever in the office.
– Put fresh flowers at your desk. Bring a bit of spring inside by keeping a steady rotation of sweet smelling, colorful fresh flowers on display at your desk.
– Pack a picnic lunch. Instead of eating at your desk or in the break room, pack a blanket and enjoy your lunch hour outside in the sun. Invite your co-workers for some vitamin D pick up as well.
– Open a window. If your desk is near a window, crack it open to allow the fresh air to infiltrate your work area. As an added bonus, you’ll get to hear the birds chirping!
– Find ways to move more at your desk. Get rid of the winter cobwebs so to speak and get your body moving while you work. A motion chair like swopper or 3dee are great ways to put some bounce in your seat.
– Plan an outdoors team-building project. Show your leadership by planning a service project or team-building event that is outdoors. You could plant flowers, do a high-ropes course or just go for a team hike to build morale.
– Take a short walk twice a day. Studies show moving throughout the day is the best way to combat the effects of too much sitting. Take two 15 minute walks outside each day to keep your body and mind in shape.
Have a tip for how to battle cabin fever this spring at work? Leave a comment on this blog with your best ideas!
Happy spring. 🙂
~ 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
Your persona or general impression in the workplace can make a big difference in the trajectory of your career. If your colleagues view you as dependable, intelligent and a leader, then you’re more likely to be thought of when it comes time for special projects, opportunities, and even promotions.
Beyond doing great work, these tips for ways to make a strong impression in the workplace will help elevate your reputation among your colleagues.
Dress for success. They say dress for the job you want. In many cases that means elevating your attire to be more formal, on trend and polished. Take notice of what executives in your workplace wear and make it a goal to elevate your style to their level. Making a strong visual impression can have a huge impact on how you’re viewed in the office.
Speak up, but don’t talk for talking sake. If you have something meaningful to add to a brainstorm or work session, by all means, share your ideas confidently. Making yourself heard among superiors and coworkers lets everyone know you are intelligent, confident and someone they can turn to for collaboration. Steer clear of comments or questions that don’t add to the dialogue though. It’s counterproductive to be seen as someone who just likes to hear themselves talk.
Differentiate your workspace. Use your workspace to show colleagues what you’re all about. A motion chair like swopper, muvman or 3dee sends the message that you care about your health and wellbeing. Plus they are a great way to spark conversations with passerby’s.
Be a team player. One of the best ways to make a great impression in the office is to be open to working with and helping out a wide variety of colleagues. The more people who get to work with you, the wider your reputation can travel. Always be up for lending a hand.
Be a cheerleader. Everyone likes to work with someone who has a positive attitude. Beyond staying away from office gossip, try to be someone who cheers on other’s successes and gives credit where it’s due. Your colleagues will appreciate the spotlight and you’ll be seen as a confident leader.
A positive workplace impression can bring new and exciting opportunities to anyone’s career. What tips would you add to make a powerful impression among colleagues?
~ Jenn Lytle
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!