Basyx ChairWe were coming back from a power walk around Ball Office Products the other day. We do that from time to time. Clears the head. Improves circulation. That sort of stuff.

Anyways, when we came back through the office, one of the workers was perched atop a yoga ball. Given that we sell chairs and things, that raised an eyebrow. She explained that she still had her office-issue chair, but liked to spend a few moments each day on her yoga ball. She said that it helped improve her core strength, and since you had to work a bit to maintain balance, it was like exercising.

Our friend walks around a golf course with a cold beer and a cigar and calls that “exercise,” but our office worker had a valid point.

Studies show that we spend almost 9 1/2 hours per day on our derrieres. While you’re sitting, you burn a whopping 1 calorie per minute. Electrical impulses in your legs and lower body start shutting down, and the enzymes that break down fat all but disappear. People who sit all day have twice the rate of cardiovascular disease as those who have more active jobs.

So what do you do? Move to a standing desk? Put a monitor and keyboard on your treadmill?

 

Zenergy Ball Chair

Zenergy Ball Chair

Fortunately, some of our vendors have some creative solutions. Sure, you can a ton of traditional chairs by HON. We have those aplenty. But you might also like the Zenergy Ball Chair by SAFCO. It’s somewhat like our office yoga ball, but has legs for a greater measure of stability.

 

 

HAG Capisco

HAG Capisco

Another of our vendors offers the HAG Capisco Saddle Chair. The designer was thinking about the dynamics of a seated equestrian, and brought that to an office chair. It mimics the posture of being in a saddle, and the cool thing is it’s easy to sit in both forwards and backwards. Neat, right? And pretty cool colors.

In the meantime, we’re going to keep with our power walks.