For almost six years, I managed a large corporate bookstore. I fell into it accidentally; a part-time holiday job ended up quickly becoming a managerial position. While I heard staff members at other stores complain that their managers just locked themselves in their offices all day and didn’t truly understand the hardships faced by their employees that wasn’t the way I ran my store, perhaps because I had started at the bottom. I was very hands-on, and would do everything from reset the display tables to put away new shipment to sweep the floors to run the cash register. I kept the respect of my staff by always working shoulder to shoulder with them, and my store earned some of the best customer service reviews in the company thanks to my omnipresence on the sales floor. But a half decade of working nine-hour management shifts on my feet took a toll. I thought there was no way I could feel sorer at the end of the day. But then I started working from home.
When my husband used to complain about his aching back, I would scoff at him. I spent my day lifting heavy boxes, while he had a cushy desk job. I obviously had the short end of the stick. But what I didn’t understand was that I got to move around all day, while he was stuck in a creaky desk chair. After just a week of working full-time from home as a freelance writer I realized that sitting for nine hours was even more painful than standing for nine hours.
So, after doing some effective investigating, I decided to swap out my office chair for a DynaFlex Fit Chair on sale now at Runka. This ergonomic chair provides the movement of a more active job to people who work a desk job, without requiring you to stand on your feet all day. It is truly the best of both worlds. In the few months I’ve been using it, my posture has improved dramatically, and the aches and pains I used to get in my neck, back, and shoulders after spending all day in my old desk chair are virtually gone. I am also building core strength and getting killer abs just by making little adjustments to my sitting position throughout the day – no stomach crunches required!
I still advocate getting up and moving as much as your work day will allow you to – I’m practically a keynote speaker on the subject of keeping in motion. I’ve even been known to grab my high-tech phone and head outside so I can take a walk while taking notes during a conference call. It’s a great way to get work done, exercise, and keep in touch with nature all at the same time, even if my cul-de-sac doesn’t have the stunning views of say, the Golfito Wildlife Refuge. But for the work you absolutely have to sit down for, a DynaFlex Fit Chair can help you feel fit and active.
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