The 5 Consequences of sitting on a bad chair are related to posture, fatigue and head & neck pain.
We spend long hours on our chairs behind computers. According to statistics released by BigThink.Com, people spend an astonishing 7709 days of their lives sitting! If we consider that eight hours of this is spent at offices hunched over a computer, then it is vital to have a good office chair.
5 Consequences of Sitting on a Bad Chair
1) Poor blood circulation
Believe it or not, a bad chair can affect the blood flow in your body. If your chair is not adjusted properly or does not allow dynamic sitting, it can cause poor blood flow to your shoulders, legs, back and neck. Says Forbes, “The less obvious reasons are more immediate, including a rapid drop in a circulating blood enzyme called lipase that is responsible for breaking down fat. One study puts this drop at 90% — a virtual shut down. If your job requires sitting for long periods, you have twice the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease than someone who doesn’t sit all day. You can offset that risk somewhat by exercising regularly, but the hours in your chair will still take a toll. Add to this that most of us also sit a fair amount when we aren’t at work, and the problem only gets worse,” says Forbes.
2) Increased body fat
Sitting on a bad chair for long hours makes you idle leading to a lack of movement and action. According to the Washington Post, “The pancreas produces insulin, a hormone that carries glucose to cells for energy. But cells in idle muscles don’t respond as readily to insulin, so the pancreas produces more and more, which can lead to diabetes and other diseases. A 2011 study found a decline in insulin response after just one day of prolonged sitting.”
3) Decreased concentration
A bad office chair, for example one without a moulded foam seat or synchro mechanism, may result in lack of concentration simply because being uncomfortable will distract you. You end up spending more time trying to find a comfortable posture for your body and adjusting and re-adjusting your position.
4) Increased fatigue
When your spine is not in alignment, the rest of your muscles have to compensate to help you stay upright. This can lead to feelings of increased fatigue and a “foggy brain” from a lack of fresh blood and oxygen.
5) Digestive problems
Believe it or not, sitting still in a bad office chair may lead to indigestion. As you may know, digestion plays a vital role in keeping the body healthy and fit. Food will reach the cells in the body only if it is dissolved properly in the bloodstream. Sitting idle in an ill-fitting chair for many hours can slow down this process.
In conclusion, a bad chair not only affects your performance, but also your health. If you sit at work, it’s important to note when your chair needs replacing and invest in a good quality chair.