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Get a Good Office Chair and Save Your Back

It’s safe to say most office workers probably spend the majority of their day sitting down. So, 40 hours per week sitting at work plus whatever time spent sitting at home is an awful lot of sitting. We’re sure you’ve heard that prolonged sitting is not the best on your back, and we know that unfortunately there are not always a lot workers can do about it.

Some people choose to combat sitting all day by purchasing a standing desk. You certainly burn more calories standing up, and standing can help some people stay awake and energized the entire day. You don’t have to stand at the desk all day (you can purchase a tall chair), but standing for even just a few hours certainly can be beneficial. In fact, this article is a great account of a person’s experience after using a standing desk for one year. Lifehacker published an article last month about the Five Best Office Chairs, and it’s a great resource. Sure, the chairs tend to be a bit pricey (some more than $1,000), but think back to how many hours per day, per week, and per year you spend sitting at work. When you compare the cost to the hours per year sitting, perhaps it doesn’t seem so expensive. In addition, maybe your employer might cover some of the costs.

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Nicer chairs often can be found at stores, such as Corporate Office Interiors, which carry discount office furniture. Michigan is where Steelcase’s headquarters is located, and they have a lot of popular furniture as well in various locations worldwide. IKEA also has affordable designs with locations everywhere.

Regardless of the type of desk or chair you use, it is important to get up every so often and walk around, even if it is just to get a drink of water or use the restroom. Instead of sitting in the office during your entire lunch break, take a short walk around the building, block, or anywhere you can.

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