The importance of a good office chair

At the end of last year I  attended to an evening dedicated to wellbeing organised by organised by Amara Interiors. We we’re treated to a series of workshops on Aura & Chakra Photography with Sankar, Kinesiology Therapy with Ella Owen, Craniosacral Therapy with Miki Ettore, Humanscale Ergonomics with Sukhneet Assee.

Focusing on how bloggers can best set up their workspace to ensure maximum comfort and productivity, Sukhneet from ergonomic office suppliers Humanscale, talked us through individual desk set ups and how best to improve our working envirnments.

Sukhi has a Master’s of Science in Applied Ergonomics from the University of Nottingham and is passionate about the design of human-environment interfaces, anthropometry and how the built environment can contribute to worker health and performance.

I learnt that while my set up was generally ok, I had been sitting incorrectly and would benefit from a more back support, as well as sitting higher up in my chair.

Sukhi also recommended sitting for 45 minutes and then standing for 15 minutes. We can burn 340 calories per day simply by spending two hours standing and after one hour of sitting, 90% of our fat burning enzymes stop working. So we should keep moving as it’s important for blood circulation and will make us feel more productive.

I was lucky enough to win a Humanscale makeover in my office at the end of the event and was sent one of their Different World chairs to help with my sitting position and posture. In the way that you dont realise you’ve been wearing an ill-fitting bra – until you get fitted for the correct size – the chair has quite literally changed my life.

It somehow manages to hug you in all the right places, meaning that you are forced to sit with your bum at the back of the chair and your back is naturally supported. I suddenly became the envy of everyone in my studio – with everyone competing to sit in the chair when I was out for the day. In fact after everyone had tried it out, I felt so guilty that they were sitting in hard wooden (stylish but uncomfortable ) Ikea chairs, I surprised them and bought everyone one.

If you spend a lot of time at a computer I can’t recommend it enough. It’s not cheap, but it isn’t hideously ugly like some office chairs and it’s definitely worth every penny.

This is not a sponsored post and you can buy them here.

 

2 Comments

  • Jude says:

    Having sat and spun around in your chair Jane, I’ve ordered one for my home office – it arrives on Thursday and I’m beyond excited! I never imagined spending *that* much money on a desk chair, but I see it as an investment for my health – as important as cutting down on sugar and doing a bit of Pilates every now and again!

  • Jacqueline says:

    Very envious of your new chair. Is the picture of your desk? It is so neat! Any chance of a new stationery post? I am a pens, pencils and assorted bits and pieces addict and loved your previous posts on this subject. Wondered if you had discovered any new products? I treated myself to a workshop with calligrapher Letter Boy recently. Came away with a couple of gorgeous Japanese pens. Takes me forever to write a birthday card in the learned script but I love it.
    Thanks for your wonderful blog.

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