Remote work is here to stay - even as the world continues to open up. Seventeen major companies have already announced plans to work remotely indefinitely and even more employers are considering hybrid solutions. Employers and employees have both embraced the advantages of remote work, including greater flexibility and lower office costs. But as you probably know, remote work has its fair share of disadvantages as well.
The Cons of Working Remotely
The biggest downside to working remotely is that even a year in, many of us are still working at setups we threw together with very little notice. Working at the kitchen table or on the couch leaves our bodies at risk of developing chronic back pain, while keeping our screens too close or too far can increase eye strain.
Even if you have invested in setting up an ergonomic workspace, there’s no getting around the fact that most of us spend upwards of eight hours sitting down to work. The simple act of sitting is what leaves us feeling drained after a long day of working from home. With the distances we traverse reduced to between the bed and the living room, or the desk and the refrigerator, we are moving less than ever.
Sitting Still Poses Health Risks
Our bodies were meant to move. And at some point, regardless of how ergonomic your setup is, if you’re sitting still while you work you will start to feel the consequences of being sedentary. These include an increased risk of numerous medical conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, and obesity. But how do you find time to fit in more exercise when the ever-increasing amount of video calls eats into actual productivity?
How to Move More During the Workday
Try setting an alarm that gets you to stand up and stretch every hour. If you have a pet or children, see taking time to play as a movement bonus instead of a hassle. And if you can, work in a workout or a yoga break during lunchtime. Taking frequent breaks like these throughout the day is essential to your health. But it doesn’t decrease the time spent sitting still.
Thankfully, there’s now a way to move while you sit.
The Benefits of Active Sitting
If you have an ergonomic chair, you may think that you’re safe from the dangers of sitting. But the most ergonomic chair available does more than support your lumbar region - it actually encourages movement.
Invented by two experts in their fields, chiropractor Dr. Dennis Colonello and industrial designer Jim Grove, the BackStrong by all33 allows your body to move as if it were walking... while you sit.
The BackStrong C1 uses Sit in Motion® technology designed to tilt your pelvis in a way that induces all 33 of your vertebrae to stack into ideal posture. Their design also frees the seat from its usual static place on a seatpost, therefore allowing you to rock while you sit in a motion that engages your core and strengthens your muscles.
The result is active sitting.
Active sitting provides many benefits:
Reduced neck and shoulder pain
All of these benefits lead in turn to increased energy and greater productivity. By moving while we sit, we protect our bodies from the dangers of sedentarism and allow our minds to focus on the work at hand without the worries of painful physical distractions.
Turn Your Workspace into a Back Healing Station
All it takes to reap the benefits of the BackStrong C1 is to sit all the way back in the chair. Its design prevents the pelvis from locking in place, therefore freeing your hips to move naturally and the spine to align properly. To learn more about the BackStrong C1 including the story behind its design read here.
With remote work here to stay, the time to create a healthy WFH space is now. Invest in your long-term comfort, ease, and productivity by finding new ways to move more.
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