Freedom to Move = Active Sitting
Active sitting inspires continual, controlled movement. Our body intuitively seeks the ideal position, and the next position is always the best. The upper body is free and self-supported and has to balance itself. We engage our abdominal and back muscles, which strengthens our core, improves our posture and reduces tensions. Our feet and legs are in motion, which stimulates our circulation. The shoulders and chest are open, making it easy to breathe deeply. We feel stronger, and healthier, with improved concentration.
Ultimately, Active Sitting is the Freedom to Move
By challenging every norm about sitting, we have been able to help people create healthy sitting habits that impact overall ergonomic wellness. Varier CEO Jesper Petersen says, “We challenge perceptions of how you sit. The benefits of active sitting are that it makes you stronger, better, faster.”
Active Sitting Benefits:
- Passive sitting burns about 96 calories an hour
- Active sitting burns about 150 calories an hour
- Our concentration level drops when we sit for prolonged periods
- Our focus and alertness improve when we have the freedom to move
- Sit as nature intended – with an upright, naturally aligned J-shaped spine
- With core muscles weakened from passive sitting, the spine slumps into a C-shape. We then tend to over-correct into a sit-up-straight, tense S-shape.
- Active sitting improves circulation, oxygen supply, and general wellbeing
- Passive sitting restricts blood flow, making us sluggish and tired
- Engages your back and abdominal muscles
- Encourages the natural curvature of the spine and improves strength and flexibility
- Passive sitting reduces muscle tone and definition
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