If you’re an office worker bound to your desk, you are spending the majority of your life sitting – a position that is actually harmful to the human body.
Our ancestors from prehistoric times never sat eight hours a day, five times a week in an office chair. And so our spines never evolved to withstand the pressures of sitting down.
The best thing we modern humans can do is to invest in a high-quality ergonomic office chair that provides all the necessary support to our backs.
Here’s what a good office chair must have:
Lower Back Support
The human spine has an S-shaped curve, and sitting for long periods of time tends to cause you to slouch. An office chair must provide the right amount of lumbar support for the lower back. The best ones even have adjustable support that allows the chair to naturally mold into the back
Look for an office chair that allows you to adjust the height and armrests. Your thighs should be parallel to the ground and your arms should be parallel to the surface of the desk. This encourages proper blood flow and prevents your muscles from cramping up. Higher-end chairs even provide adjustability for other features, such as back support and chair width.
There are two ways an office chair can move. First, it needs a wheel base to let you move across the floor. And second, it must have a swivel base so you can swing left and right. A movable office chair reduces strain in your arms when you’re reaching for something across the desk.
The best office chairs often have a mesh back that naturally fits into the curve of your spine. Mesh also provides ventilation and increases air flow to the back, which prevents the muscles from reaching fatigue. Also, look for a chair that provides adequate padding.
There is no single office chair that is right for everyone. Ultimately, you decide what makes you feel comfortable and how much support you need from your chair.