Sitting Disease: Are You Sitting Yourself to Death?

Author: Jack Martin

How many hours a day do you spend sitting? Be honest. If you’re anything like me, between work and commuting the answer is AT LEAST 8 hours per day. YIKES! Nowadays, many people are actually sitting themselves to death. (yes, seriously!) Some scary facts have come out about “sitting disease”, the name given to devastating effects sitting for long periods of time has on our bodies. Sitting is becoming the new smoking.

What Is Sitting Disease?

The average adult spends 8 hours each day sitting, so what effects does that have on our body? Sitting disease has been known to cause musculoskeletal problems, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and early death. Even those glorious 30 minutes you spend every evening at the gym can’t undo the effects of the numerous hours of sitting you just did. Our bodies just aren’t made to be sitting all day. This is why it is important to move as much as possible during the day.

A Chair That Prevents Sitting Disease

Thanks to the fitness blog FitFluential I now have a new chair that is combating sitting disease! Just look at this thing!  BackApp is an ergonomic office chair designed to keep your body in constant motion and eliminate stress on your back. This chair uses a small ball on the bottom to keep your chair in constant imbalance exercising the muscles that support the spine.

This chair definitely keeps you sitting straight. If you start to slouch forward the chair will lean forwards causing you to lose your balance. I can feel that this chair is working my muscles throughout the day and keeping me in motion. The first time I sat on it for a full day I went home with sore abs! You can even use the chair to get a mini workout in during the day!

It takes a while to get used to sitting in this chair. I kept it at home for the first few weeks so that I could sit on it for a few hours at a time. I eventually worked up to sitting on it for a full 8 hours and brought it into the office. Even after a few weeks I am still getting used to sitting on this chair all day.

So far I’ve liked the back app chair a bit more than the balance ball chair I had previously. This chair keeps me sitting up straighter for longer. I’ve had very minimal back and hip pain at the end of the day. The one thing I don’t like about this chair is that it doesn’t play well with dresses. I will be sure to update you a few months down the road how I like the chair and how well it holds up to everyday wear and tear.

You can buy yourself a BackApp chair for $695 or try it for 30 days here.

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