Backless Office Chair

Backless Office Chair

A backless “saddle stool” stops you slumping back in your chair, lowers your thighs, opens up your hips and gently puts your spine into a “healthy lordotic curve.” Plus, anything that makes you feel like you’re in a Western (rather than the office) can only be a good thing.
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Backless Office Chair

1. Saddle Seats A backless “saddle stool” stops you slumping back in your chair, lowers your thighs, opens up your hips and gently puts your spine into a “healthy lordotic curve.” Plus, anything that makes you feel like you’re in a Western (rather than the office) can only be a good thing.
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Backless Office Chair

Indeed, some office workers have taken to the “active sitting” concept. But many have also found that without periodic standing and stretching, backless chairs can be a lot of hard work. Twenty minutes sitting on a stability ball may help posture, but don’t park in it all day long. If you do, your investment may just slip you back into your old habits.
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Backless Office Chair

5. Kneeling Posture Office Chair ($64): Um, remember the original ergonomic chair? I remember friends who had these in the ’90s, along with their gigantic desktops that took up half their desks. Can’t go wrong with a classic.
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Backless Office Chair

A bouncy balance ball chair is all about strengthening your core muscles, improving spinal alignment and reducing nerve compression. The balance ball can also be removed and used for in-office exercise, if that’s appropriate in your workplace. Whether or not you can also play super-sized office soccer with the ball is for you to find out.
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Backless Office Chair

4. Balance Ball Chairs A bouncy balance ball chair is all about strengthening your core muscles, improving spinal alignment and reducing nerve compression. The balance ball can also be removed and used for in-office exercise, if that’s appropriate in your workplace. Whether or not you can also play super-sized office soccer with the ball is for you to find out.
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Backless Office Chair

Research that compares the effects of sitting on a stability ball to that of sitting in a newer, more ergonomic classroom chair hasn’t yet been conducted. There is evidence, however, that a quality ergonomic chair provides the best postural support for long-term sitting.
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Backless Office Chair

Stability balls may be a great option to improve concentration and posture for you or your child, but the key is to understand the limitations. Using a stability ball is considered active sitting because you have to be engaged with it in a way you don’t with a regular chair. There’s no magic pill that will instantly sit you in a proper position. Whether you’re sitting on a chair or ball, having good posture is up to you.

2. Gaiam Balance Ball Chair ($100): Part exercise and part balance-builder, this ball-based chair employs the same ball used in your workout routine but outfits it with an adjustable support bar, easy-glide casters, an air pump, and a desktop guide to keep you moving. This will help keep your spine aligned, and is said to improve overall well-being.
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Even with the recent news that sitting down will kill you, most of us are unable to make major changes to our workspace set-up. To help you stay healthy, we’ve taken a look at some alternatives to the traditional office chair.
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1. Swopper Stool ($713): First up, the Swopper! Designed to provide the sitter with horizontal, vertical, and lateral movement, it’s all about reducing lower back pain by engaging muscles that normally go unused in a normal office chair.
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You probably don’t remember much about elementary school. Sure, it was years ago (many, many years ago for some of us), but the fact that you were likely slouched in a horribly uncomfortable wood and metal contraption for the better part of the day doesn’t help either. The typical old-fashioned classroom chair doesn’t exactly encourage concentration and learning. Quite the opposite, really. For many of you, that’s where you picked up your poor posture habits and where some of your back issues originated.
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Potential Drawbacks While the stability balls are gaining popularity for their apparent brain and body benefits, the notion isn’t flawless. As with any “chair”—even the best ergonomic ones—sitting on the balls for extended periods of time may trigger poor posture, so teachers must understand that frequent breaks are necessary to maintain the benefits.
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Stand-up stools have been around for years to help take the weight off workers’ feet. The muvman is a modern version aimed at office workers. “The main point is that you keep moving,” explains the company behind the stool. Ideal for those who want to alternate sitting and standing, the flexible stool is height-adjustable so you can perch high or low and tilted forward to put you at an optimum distance from your work station.
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3. Stand Up Stools Stand-up stools have been around for years to help take the weight off workers’ feet. The muvman is a modern version aimed at office workers. “The main point is that you keep moving,” explains the company behind the stool. Ideal for those who want to alternate sitting and standing, the flexible stool is height-adjustable so you can perch high or low and tilted forward to put you at an optimum distance from your work station.
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In contrast to the many praises stability balls garner from teachers, some research studies tell a different story. When used in a classroom or office setting, the back and ab benefits of stability balls may be a bit inflated.

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