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.
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!
Are you a student? Parent of a student? A want-to-go-back-to-school-and-this-chair-will-help-you-get-there-student? Use coupon code STUDENTSROCK for your 20% any swopper or muvman motion chairs.
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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