Whereas in the past, the sole purpose of an office was to provide a place for employees to get on with their work, these days, it’s more about providing a fun, engaging, and healthy place for team members to gather, exchange ideas and excel in their fields.
Every part of an office is now designed around improving the general wellbeing of its inhabitants, from fridges full of food to office chairs.
As the recent surge in popularity for standing desks has shown, how employees work is as important as where they work.
Employees agree. Almost 90% of people polled in a recent survey said they wished their employer offered healthier workplace benefits – including ergonomic seating.
Adding active seating to your office doesn’t just win you the favor of your employees. There are also many other ways in which it can benefit your employees’ lives, and your business, for the better.
1. Improved Focus
Sitting in the same position for extended periods of time without moving can lead to lethargy, both physical and mental. If a person is working long hours or late nights, it can make them feel sleepier more quickly.
Studies have even shown that regular exercise can help to improve brain function and increase focus levels. An active office chair encourages regular exercise, and that’s not the only way in which it can help.
2. Better Circulation
Active sitting facilitates constant motion, which in turn helps keep blood pumping around the body as it needs to. This can help reduce the risk of illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, deep vein thrombosis, and stroke.
If you’re in a colder office, improved circulation will also help you to keep warmer for longer.
3. Perfect Posture
Active sitting solutions can also have the added benefit of improving the posture of those who use them. This can have a knock-on effect of helping with sleeping patterns, back pain, poor digestion, headaches, and other things.
4. Benefits Muscles
Active office chairs have been known to help improve core strength. Having weakened core muscles can lead to general fatigue and more injuries while having a developed core helps with strength, stability, and general wellbeing.
As well as this, active chairs can also help to relax certain muscles, such as the shoulders and lower back.
5. Discourages a Sedentary Office
Much has been said about the potential dangers of living too sedentary a lifestyle. Office workers spend so much of their time sitting. Introducing measures such as active chairs at least helps to offset some of the damage this can cause.
Active Office Chairs: Part of a Healthy and Happy Office
Recent figures show that over 80% of Americans do not get enough exercise. This is not surprising, considering just how many of them have jobs that necessitate them spending most of their days in an office environment.
Active office chairs are just one simple step that can be taken to help create a happier and healthier workforce.
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