The perils of sitting down


Winston Churchill. ph. The Economist

A short while ago The Economist came out with an article about the perils of sitting down called “Standing Orders“. In the article they reveal to their readers that real science lies behind the practice of standing up while working. In the article they mention that celebrated personalities have been standing at their work desks since, well, personalities have been celebrated, amongst them Leonardo da Vinci, Winston Churchill and Ernest Hemmingway.

They come up with some pretty good points:

 1. “A typical car-driving, television-watching cubicle slave would have to walk an extra 19km a day to match the physical-activity levels of the few remaining people who still live as hunter-gatherers. Though all organisms tend to conserve energy when possible, evidence is building up that doing it to the extent most Westerners do is bad for you—so bad that it can kill you.” (The Economist)

2. “What you need … the latest research suggests, is constant low-level activity. This can be so low-level that you might not think of it as activity at all. Even just standing up counts, for it invokes muscles that sitting does not.” (The Economist)

This is where we come in.

move move

We believe that “the best sitting position is always the next”. This means that your chair should constantly coax you into a new sitting position as well as encourage the body to move. Varier’s collection of chairs feature saddle seats, tilting mechanisms, and ease of movement in the form of office chairs, dining chairs and recliners. Our chairs align the spine into a proper position that does not put unnecessary strain the back.

We at Varier talk a lot about “Active Sitting” and although the Economist article is all about standing while working, this is not the ideal solution and will put strain on the body in the long run. The solution lies in using proper seating that promotes low-level activity in the form of movement at all times. Varier has been for this type of seating since our beginnings.

We are delighted to see that the world is catching up.


You can read the full article from The Economist here.

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