Statistics tend to vary but on average people will spend over 7700 days, or 21 years of their lives sitting. Typically, professional office workers with desk bound jobs will spend about 70 percent of their time sitting at their workstation, on average 5 hours and 41 minutes per day.
With some of these facts, figures and statistics, it makes sense to invest in the right ergonomic office chair for you. One that will encourage your natural posture, supporting and reducing stress on the ‘S’ shape of the spine and the pelvis. Allowing ease of movement, being fully customizable and adjustability are key, this helps with proper alignment of the head, neck, shoulders and hips. Reducing strain on the body and preventing harmful positions such as slouching, hunching and over extension of the neck with the head in a forward position.
According to the health and safety executive, ergonomic injuries such as back pain are responsible for 39% of all work-related ill health in Great Britain. It’s complicated because back pain is multi-causal in its nature, with sitting/poor posture, stress, nutrition, hydration and exercise all having an impact on the person’s overall well-being and therefore level of risk of back pain. However expensive and multi-functional an ergonomic chair is, we highly recommend people examine their posture and any bad habits they may have developed over the years, like slouching and their general sitting behaviour, so they become much more informed and proactive.
As mentioned in the accompanying illustration the differences in our body shape, height and weight needs to be taken into consideration. Adjustability is perhaps one of the most important aspects when it comes to choosing the right ergonomic, office task chair. Ensuring that you can adjust it to match the individual user. In order to be considered ergonomic, the chair has to be designed to take in the entire human form from head to toe.
No one type of ergonomic office chair is necessarily the best, you will have to decide what the key, important features are and the precise benefits they will provide for your specific needs. Remember if you feel comfortable it’s easier to focus, so your chair will have a profound relationship with your productivity.
We’ve put together this guide highlighting a variety of features to look out for, we’ve also included four examples from our 2 chair suppliers, Flokk and Corrigo. Two furniture brands that have an exceptional reputation for ergonomic design, style, quality and product range. At different price points, each chair offers different unique features.
However comfortable a chair is, our advice is to always try and get up at least every hour to take a posture break. Because we tend to slip back into bad habits built up over the years, a break allows you to take some time to check in, bring your awareness to your posture, to be mindful and to slowly improve the way you sit.
During your posture break – get up, walk around, move, do a stretch or a simple exercise and make sure you’re properly hydrated. If you’re using a sit -stand desk, set a timer and transition from sitting to standing roughly every 40-60 mins.
Whatever you choose, just make sure if possible that you take the opportunity to user test a variety of different chairs out.