The human body was not made for sitting. It was made to frolic through meadows all day long, hunting bison and foraging for berries. So when you put a bunch of berry-foraging, bison-hunting homo sapiens into a sedentary office environment, it’s no surprise that they end up with a slew of occupational injuries. Back problems, neck pain, circulation issues, even an increased risk of diabetes can come from a lifestyle of chronic sitting.
How, then, can us high-powered executives balance our need for robust health with the even bigger need to do our work whilst sitting in a chair? The answer, of course, is the airCentric office chair from ergoCentric Seating Systems. Head to the ergoCentric showroom at 6020 Hurontario Street in Mississauga and you’ll see that the airCentric chair is designed around the science of ergonomics – the idea that our office environments should conform to and work in concert with the natural shape of the human body.
There are many ways in which the airCentric achieves this goal. Here are just a few of them…
These chairs are infinitely adjustable so that you can meld perfectly with your seating appliance. Change the height of the backrest, armrests, or the seat itself. Slide the seat cushion back and forth, change the angle of the backrest, lock the whole chair in a reclined position, or even pump up the inflatable lumbar support. When your chair is perfectly fitted, it acts as an extension of your body… it’s amazing how much energy you have at the end of the day when you are being ergonomically supported while you work.
Almost every element of the chair can be customized – it almost feels like buying a sportscar. Switch out the backrest or seat cushion to get a size that matches your body perfectly. Opt for the triple thick seat foam to feel like you’re sitting on a cloud (a supportive, ergonomic cloud). If you’re working on a computer, maybe get the adjustable headrest to prevent a sore neck. Then, of course, there’s the inflatable lumbar support for your lower back. Last but not least, there are several different tilting mechanisms tailored for the way you work. The options are endless.
Fabrics and Finishes
Just because this chair is based on science doesn’t mean it can’t look good. Choose from five different colours of breathable AirKnit fabric. Spice it up by combining several colours or adding some leather highlights. You may be wondering what this has to do with ergonomics… Well, nothing really. But these chairs are so stylish you’ll want to get up and look at it every 5 minutes – I guess that counts as exercise.
La piece de resistance of the airCentric is its innovative ventilation system, allowing the chair to breathe and keeping you cool throughout the workday. The back structure has an internal honeycomb rib design, and the foam is interlaced with ventilation cells ensuring that air can flow through. It’s not quite the same as frolicking in a meadow, but you will certainly be the most comfortable person in your office.
As we become more cognizant of the health risks that come with a sedentary lifestyle, the need for ergonomic chairs like the airCentric becomes readily apparent.
Maybe it’s time to spruce up the old office with a brand new chair. Your back will thank you.
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