When I look at the standing desk movement and examine all the marketing materials, I see “sitting is the new smoking” type of sensationalized headlines everywhere. Combined with studies showing the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle (duh!). If I dig a bit deeper, I ask myself “how did we get here”? Why did we get to a place in which the whole world seemingly knows the phrase “sitting is the new smoking”?
My theory- because standard office chairs are failing us. Let me explain.
The data shows that “sitting” is not the new smoking. “Sitting poorly”, with poor posture is the new smoking.
Research shows that poor posture is associated with chronic pain, fatigue, injury, depression, poor vision, poor digestion, poor circulation, dysfunctional breathing, and even shortened life expectancy.
On the contrary, good posture is highly correlated to confidence, success, and longevity.
And despite what you might believe from the standing desk movement, sitting (with good posture) is actually better for focus and preventing fatigue and injury than standing!
There are multiple health risks associated with prolonged standing such as including increased low back pain, physical fatigue, muscle pain, leg swelling, tiredness, and over all discomfort.5 The American Journal of Epidemiology found “that occupations that involve predominantly standing were associated with a 2-fold risk of heart disease, compared with predominantly sitting occupations, over a 12-year follow-up period."6
Can you see why we’re saying that standing may not be the answer and could cause more harm than good?
So, what is the answer?
First, we need to make sure that we are equipped with a chair that holds the body in good posture. The key to being supported in good posture is having a chair with adjustable pelvis support. The angle of the pelvis directly affects the position of the spine so it’s important to support the pelvis in a neutral position to maintain an upright posture.
Next, it’s important to incorporate movement in our days. Just like most things, a balanced approach is usually the best solution. Current evidence shows that switching from sitting to standing and incorporating daily stretching is the best way to prevent muscle fatigue and back pain.7
Where do I find a chair with pelvis support?
Although there are some chairs on the market that could be considered to have a pelvis support, Anthros is the only chair that offers an adjustable pelvis support. This is important because every individual is unique. Body types vary as well as pre-existing postures and muscle imbalances. By having an adjustable pelvis support, Anthros allows each individual to sit at their best and even improve their posture over time by gradually increasing the amount of pelvis support provided.
If you are looking to improve posture while sitting, look no further than Anthros.
Anthros is the only chair in the world that is guaranteed to improve posture or your money back. The science-backed, patented design is registered with the FDA as a posture-improving chair and is proven to have the lowest pressure (most comfortable) cushion on the planet (verified by university testing).
Take the next step to reducing pain, increasing comfort, and maximizing performance!
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- Vallance JK, Gardiner PA, Lynch BM, D'Silva A, Boyle T, Taylor LM, Johnson ST, Buman MP, Owen N. Evaluating the Evidence on Sitting, Smoking, and Health: Is Sitting Really the New Smoking? Am J Public Health. 2018 Nov;108(11):1478-1482. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304649. Epub 2018 Sep 25. PMID: 30252516; PMCID: PMC6187798.
- Mula, Allison. "Ergonomics and the standing desk." Work 60.2 (2018): 171-174.
- Kang, Sang Hyeon, Juhyeong Lee, and Sangeun Jin. "Effect of standing desk use on cognitive performance and physical workload while engaged with high cognitive demand tasks." Applied Ergonomics 92 (2021): 103306.
- Waters, T.R. and Dick, R.B. (2015) “Evidence of health risks associated with prolonged standing at work and Intervention Effectiveness,” Rehabilitation Nursing, 40(3), pp. 148–165. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1002/rnj.166.
- LeBlanc, A.G. and Chaput, J.P. (2017) “Re: ‘the relationship between occupational standing and sitting and incident heart disease over a 12-year period in Ontario, Canada,’” American Journal of Epidemiology, 187(2), pp. 399–400. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwx356.
- Mckinnon, Colin, Daniel Martel, and Jack Callaghan. "The impact of a progressive sit-stand rotation exposure duration on low back posture, muscle activation, and pain development." Ergonomics, vol. 64, 2020, pp. 1-10. doi: 10.1080/00140139.2020.1849817.
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