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Why You Need An Active Ergonomic Chair

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Spending over 6 hours at your office desk would usually exert pressure on your spine, shoulders, back, and neck. Instead of feeling productive, all you think is body ache? Perhaps, it’s time to change your work chair. I changed mine too and I don't regret it one bit. 

Which Are The Benefits Of An Ergonomic Chair

active ergonomic chair - Varier Thatsit by Phil Zen
  • To induce a proper posture. Unlike a traditional chair, an activeergonomic chair has the essential features to push you towards a better sitting posture. This may include a particular sitting angle for a more natural spine curve or a backrest with efficient lumbar support. 
  • Reduce back pain. Having a better spine curve or back support helps in reducing typical back pain that we get from slouching. Reclining chairs also allow you to rest better in between work. 
  • Reduce neck problems. The problem with normal office chairs is the lack of neck support. Without it, you’ll quickly feel some stiffness in your shoulder and neck region. This is critical for those who spend most of their work time answering phone calls. 
  • Minimize pressure on your hips. Sitting on regular chairs often puts extra pressure on your hip because of a static 90degreesitting angle. With an ergonomic chair, you get a good seat depth, about 2-4 inches from the back, supporting the buttocks and hips area. 
  • It’s more comfortable. Because of its ergonomic features and adjustability, you can find the perfect height or angle until you feel well supported and comfortable. 
  • You keep moving all day.The most important feature ofactive ergonomic chairs is that they allow you to induce unconscious movement which builds your core, facilitates blood flow, and increases energy level.
  • Features To Look For in An Active Ergonomic Chair

    With the benefits mentioned above, here are essential features you need to consider when looking for the perfect active ergonomic chair. 

    • Adjustable Height. This is important so you can switch your seat higher or lower to fit your height and desk better. 
    • Armrests.The seat shouldn’t be the only thing that’s adjustable. Armrests should also be easy to adjust so your arms can rest comfortably while typing. 
    • Backrest.The ideal backrest width is between 12 - 19 inches. If it’s separated from the seat, it should also be adjustable in height and angle. The shape should also support the natural curve of the spine. 
    • Lumbar support. The lower back should also be well supported while sitting for long periods. Look for chairs with efficient lumbar adjustment. This way, you can get the proper fit of your lower back’s inward curve. 
    • Seat measurement.The standard width is about 17-20 inches wide, and the backrest should be adjustable so when you lean backward, there’s still about 2-4 inches between the back of the knees and the chair’s seat. 
    • Seat material. The seat should have breathable fabric and quality padding that is firm enough to facilitate blood flow and reduce pressure points.
    • Movement. Active mechanisms are a key component to induce movement throughout your day. There is a wide array of options from tilting, rocking, or swaying chairs which all offer great movement opportunities.  
    active ergonomic chair - Sofi by HAG for PhilZen

    By now, you probably know that a good chair isn’t just another piece of furniture in your workstation; it’s an important investment for your wellness and productivity. Be sure to select a work chair that’s comfortable, functional, and safe for you to use. 

    Check out our curated list of  active ergonomic chairs and find one that’s best for you. For further details on active chairs, check out our 2024 Active Chair Guide.