By now, we all know that buying an ergonomic office chair is one of the best things you can do for your health if you sit for more than a few hours a day at your desk – even more so if you sit at your desk for the majority of your day! However, investing in your own health and productivity can get very expensive, if you’re not careful.
Working at a desk all day may seem like a luxurious job, but did you know that sitting for extended period of time can be worse for you than standing? Back problems and injuries are on the rise, and this is because of the growing number of sedentary people spending their time watching Netflix and/or working from an office, rather than being active throughout a large part of our day like our ancestors were.
Desks are very personal spaces for us, and we often spend a lot of time at them. In fact, we spend an average of two hours at our home desks, including the nighttime. As many know, staring at a bright screen in a dark room is terrible for your eyes. You could turn the light on in your office/bedroom, but not everyone has that option.
Have you ever had to work long into the night? Maybe it was a one-time thing to finish that university project on time, or maybe you’re just a night owl and are most productive when the sun goes down. Whatever the case, we bet you relied on caffeine and bright lighting to keep you awake.
We all know it well: the familiar “crick” in our neck, the lower back pain, the trying to stretch or take a quick round-the-office walk while also trying to enjoy our lunch break. How is it that we can be in so much pain from simply sitting in a chair? Well, according to Painscience.com, just sitting in a chair can do a lot of damage on its own. From a colorful array of musculoskeletal damage to serious problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even cancer, sitting in a chair (or the wrong chair) is quite dangerous.