Why be Ergonomic

Many of us spend too many hours hunched (literally!) over our keyboards. Work pays the bills after all.

But what we’re hearing more about these days is how sitting for long periods of time has been linked to a number of health concerns.

Think about it.

We sit at a desk at work, often eat sitting down, and then either get into our cars or strategically plan to get that free seat on the bus for the drive home. Even much of our leisure time is spent sitting and watching a screen. And while we might not be able to do anything about driving the kids to soccer practice or watching the latest blockbuster, we can do something about the office chair we sit in.

In the last decade or so, ergonomics (also known as human factors) has been gaining support from occupational health and safety professionals. It’s been defined by Collins Dictionary as the study of the relationship between workers and their environment, especially the equipment they use.

This scientific discipline is used to meet the goals of occupational health and safety and productivity. It’s relevant in the design of such things as safe furniture and easy-to-use interfaces to machines and equipment.

Proper ergonomic design is necessary to prevent repetitive strain injuries and back, joint and muscle pain, which can develop over time and can lead to issues and possibly long-term disability.

Human factors and ergonomics is concerned with the “fit” between the user, equipment and their environments. It takes into account the user’s capabilities, the equipment being used (size, appropriateness) and the job or activity being done and how they all suit each user.

Since the 1990s, LIFEFORM has been focused on delivering customized office chairs that are not only beautiful but also beneficial. Continually adjusting to new scientific technology, like the revolutionary “Core-flex® Technology”, allows us to be at the forefront of healthy living.

When it comes to your comfort at work, we’ve got your back – but we’ll leave the decision whether to eat the movie popcorn to you.