Between sitting at a desk, sitting with a laptop on the sofa, sitting in the car, sitting on the train sitting at a bar, sitting in front of Netflix – you get the picture, we’re spending waaaay too much time on our rear ends. And three gym sessions a week isn’t enough to counteract it. Sorry.
Of course, sitting less is the gold standard, but sitting better is a close runner-up.
So…move over rigid, restrictive seating – your days are numbered. With a raft of evidence now backing up the idea that sedentary days at the desk are bad for our health (imagine that!), progressive companies are increasingly looking for alternatives to keep their employees happy, healthy, and on the move.
How? Through active seating. Also referred to as ‘active sitting’ or ‘dynamic sitting’, this innovative style of seating (and standing) is all about keeping your core engaged, your muscles active and your circulation moving, rather than staying in a single position for hours on end.
It’s fidget-friendly, flexible and, thanks to the latest dishy designs, looks fabulous too.
How does it work?
By using a slightly angled seat, or a non-rigid seat which moves with you, active seating works by tilting the hips slightly forward to bring the spine into a more natural alignment. It also makes it virtually impossible to slouch. The result is a more active core, better posture and a reduced risk of stiffness, aches and pains caused by staying in one position.
Stools are the latest innovation in the dynamic sitting sphere, especially those which are adjustable, making them ideal for both sitting down for more concentrated tasks, perching for impromptu meetings or chats with colleagues and popping behind the new wave of sit-stand desks and tables for those times when you actually do need a break to sit (or perch) down.
Perching stools are lightweight and portable, and move with you, which means you can lean sidewards to share a screen with a colleague, shift forward to grab a coffee or settle into a resting position for meetings on the move. No need to book a meeting room and get tied down to a table – just pull up a stool, pop into a breakout space and go. You’ll probably even find meetings don’t drag on for as long, which means everybody gets more done!
With research showing that extended periods of sitting will slow your metabolism, increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and encourage your body to accumulate fat (and let’s face it, who wants that?), it’s little wonder the sit-stand-perch trend is taking hold, along with the idea of a more active work day in general.
By welcoming walking meetings, sit-stand desks, perching stools, balance balls and more to your workplace, you’ll reduce those risks, improve staff’s spinal alignment and posture, stimulate muscles and circulation, help boost energy and focus, and minimise days off as a result of aches and pains.
Seems like a no-brainer to us.
“We’re fielding countless calls from our commercial clients concerned about the impact long hours desk-bound are having on their employees’ health, from major multi-nationals to small local businesses,” said Matt Blatt’s Commercial Manager, Tamara Bajic.
“Businesses are increasingly looking for fresh ways to improve their office environment and to enhance their employees’ ‘experience’ of their workplace, both for the benefit of existing staff, and to help attract new talent. It doesn’t hurt that the latest designs are lightweight, portable and often available in a range of fashion-forward colours – modernising an office’s décor and benefiting employees’ health at the same time,” she added.