How To Avoid Buying A Halloween Horror Office Chair: 3 Ghoul Rules You Need To Heed

Avoid Halloween Horror Chairs

Just a few days from now it will be Halloween and families will be having parties with kids enjoying their tricks and treats. Fortunately it’s all just harmless fun and folks have a great time as the nightmares are only make believe.

If you are looking to replace your office chair you need to avoid making for real Halloween mistakes. Because if you get it wrong the ghouls will be with you every minute you sit in your new chair.

It’s actually very easy to be sucked in by what seems like a great office chair. When you are shopping in your local office supplies store chances are you may be tempted by the glitzy display of office seating. And when you sit in the sample chair it feels comfortable too. That's not surprising, when you've been wandering around for a while it’s nice to take the weight off your feet, so it likely will feel welcoming.

It’s only when you've used a chair for an hour or two that its limitations become all too clear.

In this article we’re going to take a look at 3 key ways of avoiding buying the wrong office chair

  • Buying a chair with no tension adjustment
  • Buying a chair with fixed arms
  • Buying a chair solely on price

So let’s look at the first problem.

Don’t buy a chair which lacks tension adjustment
When you spend all day working in a desk chair it’s only natural that you want to relax and recline every now and then. Many cheap chairs have no way of altering the pressure required as you lean back in them.

What you get is a preset tension based on the manufacturer’s best guess on what’s right. You might get lucky, however for many it soon becomes a nightmare.

Light framed people find themselves gripping the chair arms and straining to get the thing to go back. And as soon as you relax the damn thing flips you forward again.

Heavy built people have the opposite problem. The chair just lurches backward without warning threatening to pitch you on the floor.

So, make sure any chair you're thinking of buying let’s you adjust the tilt tension. Some automatically adjust to suit your weight but you won’t find this feature on budget chairs.

Onto the next rule.

Don’t buy a chair with fixed arms
The right arms on an office chair are important. Humans all come in different sizes and it simply isn’t possible to cater for individual preferences with a fixed arm.

You need to make sure the arms on your chair are height adjustable. That way you can set them so your lower arms are comfortably supported with you shoulders resting naturally.

Some arms have additional features like being able to move them forwards, backwards or in and out. These arms are often called highly adjustable and the added features can be useful.

And the last rule.

Never buy an office chair just because it’s cheap
More often than not cheap office chairs turn out to be a very poor bargain in the long run. Occasionally there is an opportunity to get a genuine reduction on a quality chair, maybe a discontinued range or ex showroom item. And that’s fine.

However, what you must avoid is chairs priced around $100 or less. The reason is simple. Chairs like this are made to meet a price point. The only thing on the maker’s mind is how it can cut costs to meet the price. There are a lot of things in a task chair you can’t see and this is where corners get cut.

Low quality seat foam that goes flatter than a squashed ant after a couple months use.
Poor quality steel components that quickly wear and become sloppy or break altogether.
Cheap upholstery that just doesn't last.

Buying on price alone truly is a false economy tempting as it may seem.

So to save yourself from horror chairs:

  • Make sure the chair has tension adjustment to let you relax easily when you need to
  • Fixed arms rarely give good support; make sure you can adjust the height of the arms
  • Don’t buy solely on price; it’s a false economy which you will quickly regret.

Make these part of your selection criteria and your chair won't haunt you the rest of the year.

Here's a useful video and article on the key features that make up a proper ergonomic office chair to help point you in the right direction.


Is Your Office Chair At War With Your Skeleton? The Wedge Widget

Imagine you splash out on a new office chair with all the latest gizmos and adjustments. It really looks the part, initially you’re really pleased with it. It’s definitely a big improvement on the old one. And yet after a couple of months you're starting to find those niggling aches and pains are coming back. How so?

Why poor sitting habits cause you discomfort
Very often the reason an office chair becomes uncomfortable is not wholly down to the chair. It’s often as a result of not sitting properly in it. And the thing is it’s actually far easier to sit badly in a chair than it is to sit well. Maybe you remember the old adage of sitting upright that your parents and teachers drummed into you when you were growing up. Somehow it doesn't appear to help.

Why sitting up straight doesn't work
On the face of it sitting up straight seems like a good idea. The reality is that you're forcing your body into an unnatural posture when you try and sit up straight. What happens is you tend to overarch your back and this then overcorrects the placement of your spine and bones forcing them into a forced uncomfortable posture. The initial set up when you sit down is what matters.

It’s all down to them bones
The base of your pelvis has a bony protrusion on each side called the ischial tuberosity. Or in plain English the sitting or sitz bones. The way these bones are positioned is vital for your sitting comfort. If you place your hands under your buttocks as you sit down you should feel the bony protrusion of your sitz bones. As you sit try pulling them into alignment so that you are sitting on the bones. This then sets up your pelvis correctly for sitting and you will find that the rest of your supporting bones will line up properly as a result. When everything is correctly arranged it’s easy to sit in comfort. Get it wrong and pain is never far away.

How poor sitting habits cause you discomfort
Where most people get it wrong is they sit on the back of their pelvis and so the sitting bones don’t get used. What happens is the spine starts to become rounded. It has a knock on effect as it rotates your shoulders and places your head forwards.

And it’s the poor postural alignment that quickly begins to inflict pain on the body as everything is working under strain. Unlike the natural support you get with the correct placement of the sitz bones. Because we’re not used to sitting correctly many find it difficult to achieve and need a helping hand.

How a simple wedge can transform your posture

The Wedge

The Wedge For Aligning Sitting Bones

Posture expert Kathleen Porter is well aware of the trouble people have with being able to sit correctly, especially after they’ve spent many years sitting the wrong way.

She has come up with a neat little posture corrector called the Wedge. And if you're thinking that you've tried seat wedges before and they don’t work this is a little different.

Most seat wedges take up the whole of the seat and that’s where Kathleen’s wedge is unusual. It’s much smaller and can literally be carried anywhere.

It’s designed to change your posture in a way that realigns the rear part of your bottom. It quickly places your sitz bones in the correct position. What you do is to place the wedge at the rear of your buttocks and as you sit down you lift and shuffle your left and right buttock in turn to align the sitz bones correctly. Once your sitting properly the wedge keeps your posture correctly aligned.

Of course if you chair is worn out and needs to be replaced the wedge won’t magically make your chair better. Although it will probably help if sitting is intolerable.

Wrapping up
Let’s quickly look at what we've covered here:
It’s not always the fault of your office chair that you suffer discomfort
Sitting rigidly up straight is unnatural and won’t improve your posture
You need to learn how to sit and use your sitz bones
Using a device like the wedge can greatly assist you to sit healthily

So before you decide to replace your chair with one with all those cool new features, take time to see if you are sitting correctly. You'll need to persevere to make it a habit as you unlearn the way you have previously been sitting. Here's where you can find more details on the wedge to help you achieve good sitting posture.


Why Desk Set Up Is Vital For Working Comfort: How To Make It Interactive

A desk is a desk. It’s a rectangular lump of wood supported on legs that you work at all day. It doesn't move or change it’s a fixture. It holds all the stuff you need to do your work, so how can it be interactive? It is what it is, inanimate, dead and fixed.

Whilst all of this is undoubtedly true, proper desk set up is important for your working comfort, and as we'll see it's not as permanent as it seems.

What is desk set up?
Setting up your desk is all about making sure you that you make the best use of your workspace. It’s making sure that the things you need to complete your work in comfort are all positioned in the right place, so you aren't straining to reach them. I know this is all obvious and yet many people have a lousy desk set up.

Who needs to have a good desk set up?
Pretty much anyone who spends more than an hour or so a day at a workstation needs to ensure that their workspace is organized efficiently. So, if you working time is spent in front of a desk you need to know how to get it properly organized.

How to set up your desk correctly
As already pointed out your desk is a permanent fixture, it’s rather like a house the thing doesn't move once it’s built. Everything that you use with your desk is movable and that is the key to successfully achieving a healthy, comfortable way of working. So think of your desk as your house and all the things you use with it are the furnishings.

The first thing you need to do is make sure your office chair is properly adjusted. Your feet should be firmly on the floor with your thighs at a slightly open angle to your upper body. If your chair has adjustable arms make sure they are positioned to support your lower arms properly with your shoulders in a natural relaxed posture. And be sure you can reach your keyboard and mouse easily too. Lastly set your chair back to give good lower back support in your lumbar region.

Once you’re happy that you are sitting comfortably, it’s time to look at the rest of your equipment.

Next in line is your monitor
Set the height of the screen so that your eyes are lined up with the top area of screen. Move the monitor in or out as necessary so that you can comfortably read the screen without craning your neck forwards. This is very important to get right as continually leaning forwards puts huge stress on the neck muscles and is a major source of neck and shoulder pain.

Other equipment
Now it’s time to consider all the other things you use continually during your working day. Things like phones, printers, scanners, files etc. Prioritize them and make sure the things you use most frequently are close to hand so you aren't straining to reach them.

Visualize an imaginary arc extending about 12 inches from the center of the front of your desk immediately in front of where you are sitting. Try and get all your most frequently used equipment within this space if at all possible.

Finally the things you use less often can be located at more remote areas of you desk, maybe not even on the desk top at all if space is limited. All that is called for is a little bit of forward planning.

This all sounds a bit complicated I don't know if it’s worth the hassle
I know it all sounds a bit complicated and yet if you follow this simple step-by-step procedure it will ensure you have all the corners covered making it easy.

Some simple tips
Here are a couple of simple tips in case you're feeling reluctant about making any wholesale changes.

First keep a note of the equipment you actually use frequently over a 2 or 3 day period. Don't assume you use something regularly you might be surprised that what you thought you need a lot isn’t actually used that much at all.

Second, take note of any regular aches and pains you suffer while working. See if you can spot something you're doing that could be causing any discomfort. Maybe sitting badly, or straining to reach something several times a day.

You'll find if you if you prepare before plunging into making radical changes it should make the whole process easier and help you gain a healthier working posture. It’s all pretty straightforward when you stick the process.

Let’s quickly sum up the key points we've covered in this article.

  • Good desk set up is all about working more efficiently
  • All office workers need to set up their desk properly
  • Start by getting your office chair correctly adjusted for good comfort
  • Position your monitor accurately so you aren't straining to read the screen
  • Place commonly used items within a 12 inch radius
  • Move less frequently used things to the back of your desk or elsewhere
  • Keep a log of what use most frequently for a couple of days before making changes
  • If you have aches and pains can you spot any bad habits which may be causing them

Yes it’s true. That desk is an inanimate fixed lump of wood on legs however if you don't use it properly it’s likely to be a source of pain and discomfort. Following these simple ideas will give you an excellent chance of good working comfort throughout the day.


How Should You Split A Tight Budget When Buying A Desk And Office Chair?

When buying hi-fi equipment the specialist I use advises to make sure to allocate a good portion of your budget for the speakers. His reasoning makes sense because the speakers are the final link in the chain. You could have the most fantastic amplifier, however if you play it through low quality speakers you will never hear its true potential.

Setting up your office follows similar principles, especially when your budget is limited.

In this article we’re going to look at the relationship between your desk and office chair and how to apportion a tight budget.

We’re covering the following 3 areas:

  • What is the function a desk?
  • What is the function of an office chair?
  • Which should you spend more on, desk or chair?

Let’s start by looking at the purpose of a desk
Essentially a desk is a convenient work surface that forms a key part of your office setup. In human terms it represents the body’s trunk and it is what your equipment rests on.

It holds the stuff you need to interact with to complete your work. A desk is a fixture for holding your key equipment like your computer, keyboard, mouse, files etc. This is its function.

It’s obviously desirable for it to look good, have pleasing aesthetic lines and be able to handle cables and wires neatly. Nonetheless, its function is largely rudimentary.

If you had to, you could actually get by with a sheet of chipboard supported on a pair of oil drums provided the worktop was the right height and had no nasty sharp edges. Of course it would look awful and I don't suggest for a moment you would do this. My point is that if you are on a tight budget a very basic desk is all you need to perform your work. Where does your chair come into things?

What is the function of an office chair?
Returning to the analogy with your body, your chair represents your heart. Whereas your desk is unchanging, your chair is continually on the move as it supports your body throughout the day.

As you move it moves with you and as a result forms a much more active part of your work set up. Imagine for a moment trying to work in a chair which was bolted to the floor, set to a fixed height and had a fixed back and fixed arms. It wouldn’t be very long before you found it very uncomfortable to continue working. Consequently how you allocate your budget needs careful thought.

Which should you spend more on, desk or chair?
When you are working to a very tight budget, it’s far more important to spend the lion’s share of your money on a good ergonomic office chair. You need something that is going to support you and be comfortable when working under pressure.

Of course it’s tempting to plump for a funky looking desk with a fancy curved top and grab a cool looking chair from IKEA. Whilst it might all look great it won’t be long before you're finding it all uncomfortable to work at because of lack of support.

Much the best option is to go for the best seat you can afford, even if it does look a bit boring. If you have a serious workload to complete each day, comfort is much the best option. And that starts with getting the right chair.

So just to recap what we've covered here:

  • Your desk is a convenient surface that holds your essential work items
  • Your office chair is the heart of your work area and provides support and comfort
  • On a tight budget always allocate enough for a good ergonomic office chair

Just as with a hi-fi system the speakers deliver the end result. So too does your task chair when it comes to comfort and getting your jobs done when working long hours in the office.

Here's where you can read an article on the 5 essential features you should look for in an ergonomic office chair.


How To Maintain Your Office Chair: Simple Checks To Extend Your Seat’s Life

Modern cars make it much easier to keep them properly maintained. There's no need to try and remember the mileage at which the next service is due because that built in computer does it for you. As soon as it’s time on comes that little memory jogger on the dashboard.

Despite all the advances in office chair design nobody has yet come with an on board computer to remind you to maintain it.

What do you mean maintain my office chair? That's ridiculous, it doesn't need engine oil you know.

Of course it doesn't. Nonetheless some simple care checks can definitely help extend your chair’s life.

Why your office chair isn't maintenance free
A swivel chair has moving parts and will definitely benefit from some occasional checks. Quite apart form which a lot of dust and dirt can accumulate on it over time and this can be more harmful than you might think.

Looking after the upholstery
You would be amazed at the amount of grime and grit that the fabric of your office chair can harbor. Don't believe me? If you haven't vacuumed your chair recently, try this test.

Slip of your shoe and give the seat of your chair a couple of sharp belts with it. Chances are clouds of dust will shoot out of it. A lot of fabrics hide the dust in them very effectively and you might think what you can’t see won't do any harm. Actually it’s the unseen part that is doing the damage. Contained within all that muck are microscopic particles of grit. As you shuffle and move around on your chair the grit acts like sandpaper shortening the life of your chair’s upholstery.

It’s a good idea to give the upholstery a thorough vacuum every week. Additionally once a year give it a clean with spray foam upholstery cleaner. Test it for color fastness on a hidden part first though.

What if you have leather upholstery?
Dirt and dust is just as harmful to leather even though it doesn't get so deeply embedded. Begin by vacuuming off surface dust and then wipe it down with clean damp cloth.

Once it’s dry feed the leather by either applying saddle soap or using a good leather cream. Again test to see it doesn't affect the finish before applying it. Vac and wipe weekly and feed the leather every 6 months or so. What else do you need to look after?

Keep those wheels rolling smoothly
Office chair casters accumulate dust and grime like magnets. Because it happens gradually you probably don't notice any change. As the muck builds up it clogs the wheel spindles and just makes the chair more difficult to move.

Begin by turning your chair upside down. Next pull out any loose clumps of fluff and dirt. Follow this by giving each wheel a clean with a powerful vacuum suction pipe.

Sometimes it’s awkward to get into the workings of the wheels, especially double wheel casters. For these a tin of compressed air may be the best way to literally blow the gunge out.

Once you have cleaned the grime out try giving the spindles a light spray with WD40 or silicone spray to help them roll more easily. Make sure to protect surrounding areas with a sheet; you don't want to stain things. Wheel maintenance should be done every 6 months. There's one other thing to check.

Loose and missing screws and fixings
The average office chair gets a lot of hammer and things can work loose. Whenever you're doing maintenance on your chair check that any exposed fixings are tight or missing. These will be mostly on the underside of your chair. Things like screws holding the arms, back and chair mechanism onto the chair’s seat pad.

Bear in mind chair bases are often plywood or injection-molded plastic. Usually they have screw threads pressed into them into which the bolts and screws locate. Constant movement can loosen the fixings. For persistent loose fixings try coating the threads in Loctite to keep them more secure.

The only other thing to do is to apply some light oil to the gas lift with a cloth every 6 months.

Carrying out these simple checks will help extend the life of your chair.

Lets quickly recap:
Office chairs do need regular maintenance
Vacuum the upholstery weekly and spray clean it annually
With leather vac and wipe weekly and feed every 6 months
Wheels gather dust like magnets clean them out every 6 months and lubricate
Check and tighten all exposed fixings regularly

Unlike a car your chair doesn't have an onboard computer to advise servicing is due. Why not set up some diary reminders on your computer when it’s time to clean and check your chair.

Here's a good foam upholstery cleaner, neutralizes odors too. For leather cleaners this specialist has a comprehensive range. And if your chair has gone beyond maintenance and needs replacing here’s a quick summary of some excellent office chairs you should have on your shortlist.


Who Knew Sitting In An Office Chair All Day Could Be So Exhausting?

In a recent Tweet on Twitter by @AdamBarkerAuthor he posed the subject of this Blog by asking – Who knew sitting in an office chair all day could be so exhausting?

And it struck me how true this is for so many people who spend long hours everyday in an office chair. And yet at the same time it goes against conventional wisdom because when we feel tired and exhausted often our only wish is to sit down to rest and relax.

So How Can Sitting Cause Exhaustion?

There are a number of reasons why we can feel exhausted after sitting all day in our computer chair, so let’s examine them.

Lack of movement is a major culprit. It’s really easy to become engrossed in what you're doing. What happens is we end up in the same position for extended periods and that's not good because the human body wasn’t designed to operate in this way.

Working too long without a break is another exhausting and damaging habit. Maybe you have a tight deadline to meet and so you push yourself too hard and finish up becoming tired out because you didn’t pace yourself.

Sitting in a poor posture all day is a surefire way to wear yourself out. Often we know we are sitting poorly and still we don’t take steps to correct things and those poor aching muscles and limbs end up fatigued craving rejuvenation.

Lack of comfort caused by a poor chair can be particularly strenuous for our bodies. As the day goes on we end up becoming worn out by the constant absence of being able to get comfortable.

How Can We Combat Sitting Exhaustion?

Movement and variation of your sitting position is a great way of keeping the body toned and alert. In fact many better quality chair manufacturers such as HÅG design their chairs to encourage natural movement. So as you move the chair goes with you and provides comfortable support throughout the day.

Getting out of your chair regularly during the day helps a lot to combat sitting fatigue. Changing posture is a great boost for the body’s muscles and helps take the strain off overworked areas and gets blood pumping back to recharge them.

Doing exercises at regular intervals during the workday will further help to keep your body toned and mind alert. These needn’t be anything complicated even simple stretches and neck and shoulder routines are quick and easy to do. And it you don’t have the best of chairs you will find these simple exercises will certainly help reduce tiredness and discomfort.

Finally, let’s summarize the causes of sitting exhaustion and how best to fight it.

Causes Of Exhaustion

  • Minimal movement while sitting and working
  • Working too long without taking a break
  • Sitting in a poor posture
  • Lack of comfort due to a poor chair

Fighting Exhaustion

  • Moving and varying position while working
  • Getting up out of your chair frequently
  • Performing simple exercises in the office

And if your chair is worn out, here’s where you can find a quick summary of some quality office chairs that will help reduce sitting exhaustion.


Why Big Office Chairs Aren’t Always Best: Beware Throne Mindset

Let's begin with a little history, and investigate why people perceive big chairs as being highly desirable.

If you visit Chatsworth House which is steeped in English history you will see no less than 4 royal thrones.

These grand seats are huge with loads of ornamentation designed to make those Kings and Queens of England who sat in them look important. However, they probably looked awkward sitting on these thrones that would comfortably house King Kong with room to spare.

Still, it left everyone else in no doubt that they were in the presence of the ruler.

Consequently it's not surprising that this idea of big is best persists and yet big for big's sake is a bad thing and a flawed concept.

People often make the mistake of buying an office chair for its looks.
They like the idea of having a chair which looks impressive and imposing. Subconsciously they tell themselves that it improves their status and how others perceive them. This may well be true if the chair fits them, otherwise it is very likely to end in discomfort, regret and ridicule.

So when is a big office chair best?
Well, obviously if you are large framed, tall or heavily built then a big and tall chair will make a lot of sense. This doesn't mean that all big chairs will be a good choice for you, but more on that later.

And when is a big office chair a serious mistake?
Short people and even average built individuals will quickly rue buying a chair which is far too big for them. They struggle to get comfortable in it and seem to be forever shuffling around trying to find that elusive comfy position.

After all, if you have size 6 feet you wouldn't buy a pair of size 12 shoes would you? Nonetheless people often overlook this when choosing an office chair.

Here are some quick tips on office seat size selection.
While sitting, measure the overall size of you “bumprint” and then add about an inch to each side. Use this to check the chair you are considering has a seat pad width which is similar or very slightly larger.

Stand without shoes on, measure from the floor to the inside of your knee joint. Make sure that the chair you select has a height adjustment range which includes the measurement you took.

Measure the distance across your shoulders and make sure the arm width setting is similar. And if it is significantly wider, which it often is, see if the arms can be adjusted to swivel inwards so they support you properly.

One final point.
Just because a chair is big and looks great doesn't imply any level of quality at all. See if you can find what others say about it, preferably after they have owned it for at least a month. And remember the old adage “if it looks too good to be true then it probably is.”


How To Optimize Your Office Chair With Your Workspace: Five Quick Tips

Last week I took a look at how to adjust and set up an office chair and this week I want to take this a stage further by looking at the importance of the way your task chair interacts with your working area. These simple 5 tips will show you how to get the best out of your office work environment and help avoid bad work habits.

Optimize Your Office Chair With Your Workspace

Optimizing Your Office Chair With Your Workspace

Step 1 – Create Balance Between Your Office Chair And Your Work Area
Look on your office chair as the key element of your work environment and the way you work. It needs to be the hub of your work area to give you maximum productivity and comfort.

Step 2 – Setting Up Your Primary Working Zone
This is the area contained in an imaginary arc directly within a radius of roughly 12 inches from where you are sitting. Anything you use extensively throughout your work day should be here, things like your keyboard, mouse, pens etc.

Step 3 – Setting Up Your Secondary Working Zone
This is the space immediately beyond the primary zone extending to a 20 inch radius from your chair. It should be used for things you use from time to time during the day, maybe a phone, printer, scanner etc. Depending on what your work involves will establish the items you need to have here.

Step4 – Reposition Rarely Used Items
Depending on the size of your desk you may have space outside the primary and secondary areas for things you use infrequently, possibly a fax, laminating machine, reference books etc. Often these items don't need to be on your desk at all, so only include them when you have sufficient space to do so.

Step 5 – Check To Make Sure You Got It Right
Once you have re-arranged things into what you feel is the best position keep a check to see if you got it right. You may well find something you thought you used a lot is getting relatively little use. So for the first week or so re-access things and move and alter stuff around if it makes sense to do so.

You can download a copy of the 5 step process map here.


Free Report Helps Solve Office Chair Pain And Discomfort

A huge number of office chairs don't include the right functions which results in office workers suffering all sorts of aches, pains and discomfort.

Do any of the following symptoms affect you?

Your thighs are aching and you have been sitting for barely an hour, particularly the undersides – maybe even some numbness.

No matter what way you sit you can't find comfort and your buttocks are really uncomfortable, continually shuffling around provides temporary relief, yet it never lasts for long and you soon seem to be back where you started.

Your lower back appears to be in constant pain and you attempt to relieve this by changing position in your chair, the trouble is any relief is temporary and that nagging back pain
soon returns.

Your shoulders and neck are often stiff, rigid even and the lack of movement brings on pain because the muscles supporting these parts of your body are stressed and tired. And this tends to happen almost daily as you work, especially on a tight deadline.

Arms and wrists flag very quickly especially when using a mouse intensively, you are concerned you may end up with RSI (repetitive stress injury) or carpal tunnel problems if it isn't sorted out soon.

All of the above conditions are all too common for people working with computers regularly and many will put them down to tiredness, stress and pressure of work, which are actually the symptoms of the problems.

This free downloadable report (no opt-in needed), examines these common problems, what causes them and how to find a solution. Get hold of 5 Secret for Solving Office Chair Pain and Discomfort now.


How Sitting All Day In The Office Is Hammering Your Health And Posture

In a recent article I wrote about the importance of movement and variation for office workers and it is interesting to see a post yesterday on EHS Today the magazine for environment, health and safety issues making some key points about the very same problems.

The EHS article makes some interesting statistical points drawing on a UK survey conducted by The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and its recommended advice:

  • The UK survey found 57% of participants suffer with backache
  • The survey also discovered only 36% of people feel their employer provides them with a comfortable office chair
  • Taking short breaks away from the workstation helps relieve strain
  • People need to move more frequently during the day, getting out of your chair and walking burns 5 times the calories than when sitting


In my earlier article I draw attention to these additional points:

  • Our bodies are designed for movement, sitting in a static posture for hours is unhealthy and bad
  • As we get older these issues become more noticeable and significant
  • Pain is nature’s way of telling you something isn't right and it’s time to act and change the cause of it
  • Getting out of your office seat frequently and doing some light exercise is vital
  • Investing in a quality office chair is one the best moves you can make for you posture, health and productivity.


Here's where you can find the EHS Today article as well as my recent article on the significance of variation and movement in the office explaining what you need to do to keep your body healthy at work.

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