As work and lifestyle trends in our society continue to shift, people tend to sit more and move less. While this might seem ideal for many people, what they arenâ€™t realizing is that this is increasing the risk they face for cardiovascular disease. According to the New York State Department of Health, people who are less active in their daily lives have a 30 to 50 percent higher risk of having high blood pressure and other heart problems. This means that most of us, especially if we are among the 88 million Americans over age 15 who are reported to be physically inactive, face an increased risk associated with high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems.
There is a direct link between a high heart rate and cardiovascular disease. It has been studied and shown that decreased heart rate is heavily connected to a decrease in the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The logic behind this observation is simple. A lower hearth rate requires the heart to work less; it does not have to pump as much or as hard to keep up with the blood flow demanded by a high resting heart rate. Thus, the oxygen and energy demands of the heart are also lowered by a decreased heart rate. Simultaneously, this results in a healthy, increased amount of coronary blood flow.
Of course, the best way to lower your heart rate and increase the circulation in your body is by participating in regular physical activity. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services:
â€œParticipation in regular physical activityâ€”at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on at least five days per week, or 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity at least three times per weekâ€”is critical to sustaining good health.â€
Yet, USAToday reports that only 31% of the population moves this much, while 40% do no regular leisure time physical activity. Â Because having a low resting heart rate improves health conditions, for individuals who fail to move frequently, it is imperative to find additional ways to lower their heart rates.
For many adults, lack of movement is due to office jobs and extensive computer use during leisure time. To combat the problems associate with this, the key is to design an office task chair that can both lower your heart rate and allow your body to move more freely and flexibly while sitting, enabling your blood to circulate more effectively through your body. To this end, VersaTables has carefully crafted office task chairs that promote healthy movement and circulation, while also encouraging efficient user interfacing.
The Challenge in Office Chairs
Many well-intentioned office task chairs actually restrict healthy body movements, and because improved blood circulation is contingent upon the bodyâ€™s ability to naturally and comfortably move, these chairs present health hazards. These sorts of chairs have ordinary seats that are stiff and inflexible. They are composed of heavy materials. They are usually not adjustable, and if they are the adjustable points are lacking and located at odd points. The stiff frame of such a chair makes reclining difficult and this kind of chair does not have a star base.
These are just the sort of chairs that have employees calling in absent to work due to back painâ€”the culprit that 2% of all yearly work absenteeism is attributed to in the United States. This costs our economy 31.3 billion dollars due to decreased productivity and lost workdays annually.
The Design Solution
Instead, what is needed is a chair that promotes focused movement and flexibility, a chair that controls contact temperature and offers ergonomic support.Â A chair of this nature would:
- Reduce pressure on the spine, groin, and thighs
- Increase the flow of oxygen
- Conform to a userâ€™s subtle movements
- Adjusts to the userâ€™s spine shape and movement, encouraging more flexible movement
- Evenly distributes pressure and weight for heightened stability
- Broaden the sitterâ€™s chest to allow freer, deeper breathing
- This would decrease the amount of breaths taken per minute
Ultimately, the chair would need to be designed in order to improve the flow of oxygen, resulting in lowered heart rate, while encouraging the user to make more subtle movements.
VersaTablesâ€™ Task Chairs
With the above goal in mind, VersaTables has combined knowledge of circulatory system and heart health with knowledge of ergonomic work principles to integrate the following elements into each of our task and office chairs:
Lower Lumbar Support Region
Each of our chairs, such as The Resolve Basic Task Chair, are complete with a superior lower lumbar support function. This ergonomic design reduces pressure on the spine, particularly across the lumbar region. The lumbar support in each of our chairs follows the natural curve of the human spine, providing contact and support at all needed points.
Deluxe Cushioned Poly-Foam Seat
The unique composite material of poly-foam seatsÂ allows for each chair seat to form to the userâ€™s body shape, providing full support along all the bodyâ€™s spine, pelvic and thighs pressure points. Further, poly-foam seats evenly distribute pressure and weight, as well as provide for core temperature management.
High-Density Fiber Weave
High-density fiber weave, like the kind used on the Innovation Task Chair, promotes airflow through the office chair to the user, helping to manage your bodyâ€™s core temperature, ensuring that you stay cool while working. This fiber weave also helps to broaden the sitterâ€™s chest. The supportive flexibility of this material also helps users to broaden their chests while sitting. This promotes deeper breathing, helping oxygen and blood flow more easily through the bodyâ€™s system.
All of our chairs, like the Harmony Task Chair, come with one-touch lift height adjustment and adjustable arms, which is important for ergonomic and comfortable working. In terms of circulation and oxygen flow, it is more important to note that each of our office chairs provides for easy tilt adjustment. This enables users to comfortably shift and change positions in their office chairs without interrupting the flow of their work.
With the increase in technology and the worldâ€™s increased pace, people are finding it more and more difficult to take the time to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. With the amount of people who remain stationary and the number of hours for which remain stationary, it is apparent that there needs to be ways for them to still maintain heart health while still maintaining high performance functions. A chair that provides proper support for healthy posture and allows for small, comfortable movements can be a perfect solution to positively affect the cardiovascular system without decreasing efficiency and productivity.