Our bodies were meant to be in motion, hunting and gathering. Back in the day, we didn't sit much, only for meals and at church. The rest of the time we were either moving or sleeping. Grateful as I am about not toiling in the fields, we now face orthopedic and medical problems as a result of sitting for most of every day.
Even though the biggest issue is the lengthy time we sit, another issue is exactly HOW we sit.Slouched over the keyboard. Ideally we should sit with perfect posture and spend an equal amount of time getting up and moving around. Very few of us do this.
Did you know the number one reason people call out from work is because of neck and back pain?
If you are like most of us you are probably experiencing some type of discomfort. Stiffness, tight shoulder and low back muscles, a locked neck, frequent headaches.
Designed In The Late 1960's, Very Groovy
Part of the problem is the modern office chair. Today's 'ergonomic' chair was designed for initial comfort. Unfortunately, long-term orthopedic correctness has been ignored.
Notice how most chairs have rounded side edges. This design causes your thighs to roll together and the deepest part of the seat is in the center of the seat - as opposed to under each butt cheek.
The back is also curved inward. This design rolls your shoulders together. Rarely does the lumbar 'roll' fit the body correctly.
The arm rests are always too long and frequently too high. You can't get the chair close enough to the desk forcing the upper body to roll forward trying to reach the keyboard or mouse.
Together, these design flaws cause your body to cave in on itself.
PROBLEMATIC MODERN CHAIRS
Initially comfortable, bad for posture.
Chairs designed in the 1940's were better for your spine.
Granted they don't look very comfortable, but they were.
Probably the users didn't spend as long sitting as we do today.
But, they are better for posture mainly because they don't cause the body to cave in on itself.
Sitting in a hunched forward position puts undo pressure on the organs. How can you take a full breath if your lungs are compressed?
Digestion is slowed, pancreas function is slowed. Slower circulation. The vascular system functions, in part, by the contraction and relaxation of muscles, particularly in the legs.
The following diseases are directly associated:
According to the AMA, those who sit for long stretches of time and fail to incorporate regular exercise into daily life have a forty percent higher risk of early death.
To read MORE about how poor posture compromises your health read here.
"I exercise three times a week. Surely, this negates my sitting for 10 hours a day."
Not according to the American Medical Association (AMA). A recent report shows how exercise alone does little to reverse the ill effects of sitting all day.
There are plenty of things!
My Choice For The Best Chair. Here's Why:
1. A flat seat and flat back
2. More ergonomic lumbar 'roll'
3. Shorter arm rests
4.. Ability to raise or lower and tilt
6. Beautiful looking!
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