Remember the scene in F.R.I.E.N.D.S. where Chandler has a sexy rendezvous in his office and gets hand cuffed to a chair?
This is how I feel at work (minus the sexy rendezvous part), strapped to the chair because there is not enough time and everything is urgent. Those little red flags on emails have zero meaning to me anymore. It feels as if I leave my desk the whole world will fall apart and crumble to pieces. Not surprisingly, health experts have found that the average worker sits for up to 10 hours per day, the majority spent in an office chair.
That is a whole lot of inactivity for your bum!
And sadly, I normally look like this in my chair:
Not to mention, the more traditional chairs are bad for your health. Over the last few years, researchers have found that the evolution of man, from active hunter to stationary computer browser, is shortening the length of our lives. The main problems being lower back pain and inactivity.
So what does this all mean?
It means that having a bad office chair is a serious problem.
Poor quality work furniture actually puts you at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found over 9M working days were lost due to these problems. Many experts have therefore concluded that lower back pain is a nearly inevitable consequence of evolution’s unintelligent design of the human lumbar curve. The only way to fix the problem and to avoid any serious issues is to (1) realise you have a bad chair, and (2) get the right one!
How do you know you have Bad Chair Syndrome?
- A bad chair doesn’t give you the right support because it’s flat which exerts extra pressure on your hip region.
- You aren’t able to adjust the seat so that your knees are at an angle of 90 degrees to the floor and parallel to the hips
- You constantly have pain in your lower back or neck.
- You feel less energetic and confident.
And its not just your chair, it may be your posture or other habits that cause you to sit in awkward and uncomfortable ways without even realising it. I try to make sure to avoid these habits to avoid further back and neck pains; (1) not sitting at your desk for too long, (2) talking on your phone by putting it between your neck and shoulders, and (3) frequently looking down at your mobile.
So how do you make sure you have the best Furniture At Work™?
- Well padded and adjustable chair, so you have the ability to create the perfect 90 degree angle as well as the perfect height to screen ratio.
- An amazing back rest! This should support the lower and middle back region for optimal benefits, both mentally and physically.
- A swivel function, so you can spin round and round listening to Dead or Alive, “You Spin Me Round” on repeat. ; ) Oh and also this provides flexibility so you can position your chair however it best fits.
- Tilt feature, to help with neck support.
- Convenient and easy-to-use adjustment controls, giving you more flexibility on the position and angle of your chair.
Hopefully this gives you a little insight into getting the perfect chair. It will save your life apparently!