When you spend all day in an office with more work than you can handle, the last thing on your mind is the impact that sitting has on your body. Unfortunately, this is one of the more overlooked aspects to the workday that can lasting, detrimental effects on our bodies.
It is said that 86% of Americans spend almost the entirety of their workday in a seated, sedentary position. More often than not this is done in chairs and desks that are not ergonomic. The human body was not built for sitting at such extended periods of time, which is why we rely on advancements in ergonomics to help us best adjust to the position we find ourselves.
The first thing you can do to prevent the potential life-threatening effects of sitting is inform yourself about what you are doing that needs to change. Taking a walk around Estero to get your blood flowing is one easy way to circumvent these dangers.
Office Ergonomics• In a seated position, your thighs should be positioned parallel to the ground, creating alignment with your knees and hips. This can greatly reduce the knee pain associated with improper sitting.
• Your back must be properly supported by the chair such that the natural curve of your back is accentuated, reinforcing good posture and proper lumbar support.
• Your wrists should rest comfortably in a neutral position at your keyboard, drawing a nearly straight line from your hands to your arms. This should mean that your shoulders are relaxed as well.
• You should be able to have good range of motion while sitting. A proper ergonomic chair will have a tilt function that allows you to move back and forth throughout the day depending on the task at hand.
While these basic forms of office ergonomics are crucial to keeping the potential health risks of sitting at bay, it is also imperative that you incorporate movement throughout your day. You should give yourself 10 minutes to get up, walk around and stretch for every hour you spend seated. There is nothing better you can do to increase blood flow, circulation, and pick up your metabolism than getting up and moving your body.
Sit-to-standAnother way to combat the negative effects of sitting for 8 hours a day is to have the option of standing while working. Standing desks are an excellent solution to allow your body to move enough throughout the day while increasing productivity and attentiveness. With adjustable heights, you can create variability throughout your day and give your body what it needs to stay happy and healthy
Relax The Back Estero is a hop, skip, and a jump away from giving you and your office the jumpstart it needs toward a lifetime of health and efficiency.
Brezza by Relax The Back®
The Brezza by Relax The Back® offers the advantage of a breathable mesh back, then lets you add the custom options you want.starting at $895.00More Info
AdaptDesk by Relax The Back®
Easily transition from sitting to standing to relieve stress on your spine, increase circulation and improve mental alertness.starting at $1,395.00More Info
Desk Top Riser
The Workspace™ Lift35 converts any surface into a flexible sit-stand desk, giving you the proven health benefits of movement.starting at $429.00More Info
Humanscale Rocking Foot Machine
The Humanscale® Rocking Foot Machine encourages foot movement in a gentle, nearly effortless rocking motion.regular price $109.00More Info
The Rock-N-Stop Footrest keeps your legs active all day so your body feels energized and fresh. When we sit for extended periods of time, our legs tend to lose circulation and metabolism slows down as a result.regular price $69.00More Info
Humanscale World Chair
The World Chair marks Humanscale's first foray into all-mesh task seating. Like its mesh-backed forerunner, Liberty, the World chair's tri-panel backrest hugs the body to provide tailor-made lumbar support, while its mesh seat eliminates contact stress under the thighs.starting at $769.00More Info
Kneeling Posture Chair
The active seating introduced by the Kneeling Posture Chair reduces lower back pain and encourages proper posture. It also uses your back muscles to help you maintain good balance while aligning your back, shoulders and neck.regular price $399.00
Easy Lift Tilt Keyboard Combo
Keyboard platform allows users to mouse on the left or right side in one simple motion. The platform's design keeps the elbows closer to the body for a more neutral arm position eliminating arm and shoulder stress. Height and angle adjusts for optimal data entry position.regular price $299.00More Info
Humanscale Quick Stand Workstation
Movement is at the core of good health, so keep moving effortlessly between seated and standing with this height adjustable workstation that clamps to any fixed height surface. Accommodates a monitor up to 24".starting at $699.00More Info
Relax The Back® Foot Rest
Adjustable footrest helps maintain correct posture, increases circulation and relieves back pain-a must with every office chair.regular price $49.00More Info
Lifeform® Ultimate Mid Back Executive Office Chair
Perfect for those looking for medium height with exceptional ergonomic design. 5 adjustable controls put you in an optimal seating position to relieve pressure and encourage correct posture.starting at $1,795.00More Info
Lifeform® Ultimate High Back Executive Office Chair
Ergonomic office chairs increase productivity by allowing you to sit comfortably for longer periods of time.starting at $1,995.00More Info
Humanscale® Monitor Arm
The Humanscale® Monitor Arm reduces neck and upper back pain by allowing you to effortlessly adjust the position of your flat panel monitor’s position.regular price $269.00More Info
Humanscale® Liberty™ Office Chair
Unlike many office chairs with backs made of a single panel of stretch mesh, the Humanscale® Liberty™ Office Chair has a tri-panel, non-stretch construction.starting at $949.00More Info
Humanscale® Freedom™ Task Chair with Headrest
All Humanscale® Freedom™ Task Chair models are designed to automatically support the body with minimal need for manual controls.starting at $1,049.00More Info
Contour Lumbar/Cervical Cushion
The Contour Lumbar/Cervical Cushion is also good after hard day's work, when your body needs to rest and recuperate.regular price $59.00More Info
Extended Reach Monitor Arm
Properly position your monitor arm for ergonomic comfort and reduce eye strain. Position your monitor so the top line of text is at or slightly below eye level, reducing awkward posture.regular price $200.00More Info