Sponsored by Back App
Posture while you are sitting matters to your health— good posture prevents back, neck and shoulder pain; keeps joints and bones in alignment to prevent strain; and allows for efficient breathing and oxygen distribution through the body. Most of us tend to not only sit too much (13.7 hours a day on average!) for too long at a stretch, but we hunch over our computers and other devices while doing it. In addition to those health problems we’ve already mentioned that prolonged sitting can cause, back pain is the primary cause of disability worldwide; it’s one of the most common reasons given for missing work, and the second most common reason for a doctor’s visit.
You’ve probably heard that “sitting is the new smoking.” Research shows that prolonged static sitting increases the risk of developing serious conditions: musculoskeletal diseases, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, type 2 diabetes, depression and some types of cancer. Like smoking, the health detractions of static sitting can’t be negated by a daily dose of exercise or other good habits; the only solution is to move more, all throughout the day.
The good news is, there are simple steps you can take now. Set a timer throughout the work day at regular intervals, reminding you to get up and stand or walk around for several minutes. During the times you are sitting make sure you’re sitting with good posture and in a chair that helps you to be aligned ergonomically. Objects in motion tend to stay in motion, and that’s a good thing when it comes to back pain and your overall health. With the Back App chair you never stop moving, even when you’re sitting.
The Back App chair aims to help prevent poor posture and prolonged static sitting. It’s a training apparatus and a chair— a unique way of sitting that keeps you moving all the time. Invented by Dr. Freddy Johnsen after two failed back surgeries, the Back App chair relieves stress and the load on your discs and spinal muscles while strengthening your core.
The Scandinavian design is both pretty and progressive: it causes you to sit with proper posture, relaxed and in motion, as you maintain balance with your feet on the footplate and engage the secondary muscles in the spine. Consider it a new type of interval training and screw the ball down for more of a physical challenge!
The Back App chair retails for $695 + $45 shipping & handling. Until March 2nd, 2015, you can order it for $595 with free shipping! Log in to www.backapp.com at the top right of the website:
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