Sitting Disease, a term coined by medical researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Lab, is all over the news. It describes the sedentary lifestyle common today – so common that, if sitting were a sport, many of us would be ready for the Olympics. Think about it: we sit on our way to work. We sit on our office chairs from 9-5. We sit on our couches and Netflix binge until we fall asleep…
But the one place that we do more sitting than ever is – you guessed it – the office. The average knowledge worker spends more than 9.3 hours a day sitting down. That is some serious sitting, and it is causing some serious problems (just look left).
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the widely accepted fix, the “ergonomic” office chair, needs serious help. No matter how many advanced ergonomic features your office chair may boast – lumbar support, upper back support, adjustable armrests, and seat tilts – the problem is that the chair still requires you to sit. The human skeletal frame evolved to support the body in motion; it was never designed to have the back and thighs locked into a 90 degree angle all day. It’s no wonder, then, that so many office workers suffer from sitting disease.