When does a chair become a chair?
“A chair is only finished when someone sits in it”
Hans J Wegner
A chair’s design could be plain or intricate.
The chair’s intended purpose has an impact on its design.
The style of chairs varies according to the environment, such as the house, workplace, celebrations, VIP meetings, tourism spots etcetera.
The level of comfort you experience with the designs also determines how long you plan to sit down.
I am aware that culture also influences chair design and its height.
Chair designs & health problems
Many people suffered backache due to faulty design (Muskoka-type chairs)
Sometimes upholstery too can be the reason for your backache.
Let me be frank here.
Although chair designers assert that ergonomics are taken into consideration when creating modern chairs, in my opinion, the majority of chairs are not made to support the human body, particularly the back.
Due to prolonged sitting, the back’s core muscles weaken leading to disc prolapse.
Is all that sitting detrimental?
“Sitting is the new smoking! Dr James Levine
My friend, sitting for long hours is an occupational hazard and beware of this truth.
Cardiologists say that sitting makes one lack exercise and can lead to cardiovascular diseases.
Research has shown that sitting hours together can lead to diabetes, reduced hip mobility, disc problems and leg muscle weakness.
Sitting for long periods can lead to varicose veins in the legs which can result in clot formation that can reach your heart, causing blockage resulting in breathlessness and sudden death. Ask anybody suffering from varicose veins, and they tell you the dangers.
Sitting at your desk for 8 hours at a stretch is suicidal.
Many suffer from stiff necks and shoulders.
Not just your desk, sitting can be anywhere…in a car/bus-driving at a stretch, in front of your computer, people who depend on a wheelchair etc.
What is the solution?
As long as you are not paralysed (God forbid), I beg you to stand up and walk as much as possible.
At every available opportunity do standing activities (it can be anything) for five minutes or take a short walk of 10 minutes.
If your back is strong, you can climb stairs nearby.
“Let those who sit know that this world is not a waiting room;
It is an arena to struggle, an arena for action!
Let the inactive remember that we were born to act, not to sit!”
Thank you for your visit.
Take care, my friend.
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2 thoughts on “New comfort means new stress!”
Great Post Philo. I think more and more we are bring told yo keep moving … regular activity throughout the day rather than thinking one bout of intense activity is more beneficial. As I use a computer even in the classroom its tempting just to stay seated, but im trying to get up and move about more
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Thank you, Brenda
There is no need to sit for long hours.
A short walking in between helps a lot.
Your profession keeps you glued to the seat. Glad to know that you intend to walk in between.
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