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We’ve been throwing around the idea of upgrading our office equipment here in our Southern Oregon AVA office. It seems to be a well-known fact that sitting all day in a normal office chair is going to have a negative impact on your health, but we all do it anyway. An ergonomic chair may cost more up front, but it’s going to cost a lot less pain in the long-run!
So let’s look at a few of the options.
- The Ball Chair
This chair is supposed to help by making you move constantly. We all know movement is good for us! Some would say, though, that it’s too much movement, putting a strain on your body. I’m inclined to agree.
The good news is, these are pretty cheap. This one runs around $65 on Amazon. Keep one around to use for a few hours a day, but don’t fully replace your regular chair.
- The Kneeling Chair
Now this one I like a lot more, mainly because I have experienced it first-hand. The design allows your weight to evenly distribute between your bottom and your shins, and supposedly it helps promote good posture. I don’t know how comfortable it would be after 8 hours, but it’s a very nice change from the typical chair.
- The Bike Chair
Okay, maybe this isn’t technically in the “ergonomic category,” but it is a great alternative to a normal office chair. It’s another one that you likely wouldn’t use all day long, but provides a work-out while you work!
I looked at some of the user images on the model above, and people use this in front of their standing height desk. I think this is a marvelous idea! Check out the video on this review to see what I mean.
- The Standing Desk
If you’re going to alternating between standing and sitting in a regular office chair (or an alternative but of that same height), then you’ll be looking at a convertible desk.
This cool desk riser allows you to easily convert from sitting to standing. It is just under $300 on Amazon.
But if you are thinking of alternating between biking and standing, like I mentioned before, you don’t need anything more than a platform for your keyboard/mouse and your monitor.
Yes, it looks like cardboard – and it is. Before you laugh, it’s only $20 and has amazing reviews. So long as it’s sturdy then hey, I’m all for savings money! And you can always upgrade to a metal version if you decide you do like working while standing.
- The Simple Ergonomic Office Chair
Just getting a slightly more comfortable office chair is a big step toward taking better care of your body at work.
I hope this post has been helpful in your search to make your workspace ergonomic. Perhaps you have some ideas that I’ve missed? I’d love to hear them in the comments!