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NOW, STAND AND LEAN BACK WHILE YOU WORK

NOW, STAND AND LEAN BACK WHILE YOU WORK
Daisy Akhtar

Most of modern health problems in human beings occur, doctors say, because we sit for so many hours every day. But standing is not a great solution because it affects concentration after a certain time. In this article, we show you LeanChair, which is a great middle ground solution.

LeanChair

A lot of independent studies – as many as forty-seven – have shown that sitting for prolonged periods of time is bad for your body. Many organisations nowadays are therefore experimenting with standing desks, where you could stand and work for a few hours of every day.

But the problem with standing is that it feels nice only for an hour or so. After fatigue sets into your thighs, calves and feet, you will find yourself yearning for a spell of sitting down. This will of course affect your ability to concentrate for long periods of time. You will find that your productivity will drop drastically after that first hour or so.

So if sitting kills you and standing up feels like you wish you were dead, what are we supposed to do?

Taking inspiration from Hollywood stars – who, instead of sitting down between takes for fears of ruining their costume and instead use ‘leaning boards’ – there is a new working chair in town called LeanChair that allows you to stand and lean back at the same time.

This is quite a natural human body response to being asked to stand for a long time: we lean against stuff. LeanChair takes this idea and integrates a leaning board with its own working platform (for setting up your workstation) so that you can work on it for a whole day if you want.

All you have to do is stand in the middle and distribute your weight between the foot support and the back support at the same time. Then you swing the work desk around until it’s in a good position for you. Everything is adjustable, so the chair can work with every size and shape.

The fact that leaning is more comfortable than standing is no mystery. Whenever you lean against something, a certain portion of your body weight is distributed onto the support. In the case of LeanChair, a whole 25% of your weight is taken off your legs when you stand on it.

LeanChair started off as a Kickstarter project and has already raised $81,260, well over its funding target of $25,000. It should hit the markets this coming December, just in time for Christmas. So if you’re looking for an easy, comfortable middle ground between sitting and standing, don’t look further than the LeanChair.

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