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Employers and employees truly value their office chairs, and for good reason. Even though office chairs are valued, many employees value their desks much more. Both are inanimate objects,
yet the purpose of a desk is to simply keep your computer, paperwork, and other things.
The value behind a desk is 90% aesthetic, while the value of a chair is simply amazing when it comes to your health. Ergonomic chairs will help your back while you sit at your desk, even
keep your legs, shoulders, and neck comfortable while you work. If you sit at your desk for extended periods of time, an office chair is very important in your life. You work at least 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 48 weeks a year. Therefore, if you sit at your desk at least 5 hours a day, you spend around 1,200 hours sitting in your chair. To put it in other terms, 1,200 hours is equal to 50
days and nights sitting down.
My rump hurts just thinking about those numbers!
At work, you can sit on budget chairs, which are available for a little of nothing (at certain places that shall remain nameless) and even though they are made of solid construction and guaranteed for up to 5 years, they aren’t ergonomically made for prolonged usage.To get the most out of your office chair, you need one that offers you plenty of ergonomic benefits. This way, you’ll be able to protect yourself while you work – knowing that your chair has your back and upper torso well taken care of.
FYI, in my many, many years of working in the office products industry, the Hon 5901 is legit the most common chair I have ever sold. It’s common because it’s affordable and awesome.
If at the end of the day your “lower quadrant” feels like it just spent 10 hours on some metal bleachers, you need to take a hard look at your chair. Your office chair should be of good quality and not a “five-dollar-wonder” from a garage sale. The seat should be tilted forward slightly which helps keep the natural curve in your back to reduce the uneven pressure on your lower back which can lead over time to chronic low-back pain. If you look at today’s typical office chair, they all have across-the-board similarities such as a “waterfall” front edge of the seat. This sloped design reduces “pressure points” by spreading your weight evenly over the surface of the seat so your tailbone isn’t carry all of your weight.
Another feature that is similar is what is referred to as a “five star base.” This simply means the chair has 5 wheels instead of 4 for more stability and ease of rolling. The back of your chair should be high enough to not only support your back, but maintain the natural “hollow” of your back as well. Chair height should be noted because if your chair is too low and your knees too high, it puts unnecessary pressure on your tailbone and low back. Your thighs should always be parallel to the floor, and if they are not, get a footrest.
When it comes to the office, nothing is as important as your office chair. You’ll spend a lot of time sitting in your chair, which makes it something you want to have the best of.
Supply Chick, Reba is a 30 year veteran of the office product industry. Reba loves her kids, her pets, chocolate, naps and Papermate Inkjoy pens. Connect with Reba and the Supply Chicks on Twitter.
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