3 Alternatives to an Office Chair for Healthier Sitting

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The way you sit at your desk plays a vital role in your physical wellbeing. Spending a good part of your day desk-bound is dangerous.
Unfortunately, the conventional ergonomic office chair hasn’t had significant advancement in terms of human health benefits, and studies on standing desks suggest that standing is just as problematic as static sitting if the person isn’t moving.

Active sitting provides the chance to employ movement while seated, and there are alternatives to office chairs which have been inspired by the need for movement while addressing postural support as well.

Here are 3 chairs we came across that might just be what the doctor ordered in this modern day of epidemic sitting.

The Workhorse Chair is inspired by the ergonomic properties of a horse saddle, where the user is positioned in a perfectly upright, neutral position. Sitting in much the same way you would if sitting on a horse, the chair ensures the correct posture and relieves pressure on the spine.

The fact that these chairs have been designed by a chiropractor encourages one to climb on and take the chair seriously. All Workhorse Saddle models can take a maximum weight of 250lbs.

WorkHorse Chair

The patented back and armrest allows for a changeable position, and you’re able to rest your muscles and also change your sitting position to allow for increased blood circulation. The chairs have received accreditation through the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association, including a drop and durability test on the seat and back of the chairs.

You’ll find these chairs available in several different models and finished with different colored A-Grade fabric, premium stretch vinyl or luxury leather.

The Original or Go models don’t have backrests as they’ve been designed for people such as hairdressers who don’t spend long periods of time sitting. Most people try out these models before moving onto the more luxurious versions. If you experience back or neck pain from your regular office chair, the Workhorse chair is worth a try.

The CoreChair

Like a ball chair, the Corechair encourages fluidic movement in all directions up to 14°. The external dimensions of the chair are much the same as any traditional office chair, with the seating surface designed to cater for people from 5 feet in height to 6ft 5 inches. Two different height options are available.

corechair

Traditional ergonomic office chairs let the body go into a reclining position which results in poor alignment, while the orthopaedic CoreChair promotes an optimal straight sitting posture with the pelvis being well supported and the seat promoting a natural balance of the spine.

The highly sculpted adjustable seat also prevents sliding and is made from comfy memory foam. It has less pressure points compared to a regular ergonomic task chair. All parts of the CoreChair are made from recycled materials, and the seat covers are made from totally recycled post consumer polyesters.

There are 4 settings for movement resistance to be adjusted with the highest resistance resulting in very little movement.

The back of the chair is superbly well positioned to support your back, and with its arm-free, rocking design, this chair offers freedom of movement. You won’t find this with other options in the market. The chair also keeps the pelvis stabilized which means users can keep a straight, healthy posture.

The Venerable Kneeling Chair

Kneeling chairs have been around since the 1970s, but that doesn’t make them any less ergonomic. These portable stools have been used by many people as a way to sit up straight, strengthen the core, and better distribute their body weight across their bottom and shins.

There are many types of kneeling chairs available to you. Most of them put the user in a sitting position that angles the thighs between 60 and 70°, as opposed to the 90° sitting position of most chairs. The body’s weight is then distributed across multiple areas. Some kneeling chairs feature backrests and a 5-wheel design while others are backless and rock back and forth. They’re attractively simple these chairs, free of buttons, levers and knobs and are super simple to get in and out of.

Venerable Kneeling Chair

They’re made with different materials and support body weights of up to 250 or 300 pounds, accommodating people as tall as 6’2”. With a kneeling chair your bottom still tackles the bulk of your weight while the knee pads act as a support for your shins and knees.

A kneeling chair certainly isn’t designed to replace your regular ergonomic chair, just to offer another ergonomic way of varying your seating position during the day.

Conclusion:

Part of a successful work day is having the right tools. Sitting still all day in a bad chair isn’t just bad for your physical wellbeing, but also your mental wellbeing. Investing in any one of these chairs may just boost blood flow as well as your life expectancy, and also help you focus more and simply get things done.

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