In the past several years, more and more studies have suggested that too much sitting is associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and death. Some have even gone so far as to say sitting is the new smoking. So, what does that mean for the typical employee who spends roughly eight hours a day sitting at their desk? It’s time to start shopping around for a non-traditional desk/chair combo that won’t leave you worried your office chair may actually be killing you.
A standing desk allows you to ditch the chair altogether and work comfortably on your feet. If you get tired of standing, no worries – most standing desks are adjustable to allow for sitting. An even more innovative approach to an upright working station is the treadmill desk. Advocates for the treadmill desk claim it has several health benefits, including: improving mood, reducing the risk of type-2 diabetes, lowering blood pressure and reducing stress.
Not quite ready to say goodbye to your office chair? There are several alternatives to a traditional office chair that don’t require replacing it with a treadmill. Swapping your chair for an exercise ball will help you improve your balance, circulation and you’ll have a mini-workout available at your desk at all times. Buoy’s office chair alternatives are inspired by the rocking motion of an ocean buoy and are designed to engage your core and keep you moving throughout the day.
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