Sitting and working all day is a grind, there’s no doubt about that. Eight hour days can be demanding, even for jobs that require sitting and working on a computer. Our bodies weren’t designed to be so sedentary, and sitting all day puts pressure on your joints, muscles and body in general. Laptops, phones and other devices tend to encourage slouched and hunched postures that can cause problems in your neck, spine, upper and lower back. And don’t forget about tight hips from all that sitting and even sciatic pain in your legs. No thank you.
That’s why your office setup (or home office setup) is crucial to giving your body the support and comfort it needs to stay healthy and feel minimal effects from your work, and that includes your office chair.
I personally write through most of my workday, and a lot of that writing gets done while I’m sitting. For the past week, I’ve been working outside of my typical workstation setup and have gotten the chance to sit in the state-of-the-art Aeron Office Chair from Herman Miller, and I’ve got to say, it’s impressive. Right off the bat, you should know that it’s a $1,400 office chair, but it’s well worth the price if you can swing it. The Aeron Chair is developing a reputation, and after testing out this infamous chair for myself, I now understand why so many people are paying so much for an ergonomic office chair.
Testing the Herman Miller Aeron Chair
Typically, at the end of my workday, I feel the effects of sitting hunched over a laptop all day. I try my best when it comes to my posture, but as soon as I get distracted, stressed or wrapped up in something, all of a sudden I notice my shoulders are at my ears, my neck has disappeared, and my spine is heading towards that “C” shape we’re all trying to avoid. Yikes. With this chair, however, I sit comfortably in an ideal posture all day. My body feels lighter, my back isn’t sore, and my shoulders stay relaxed throughout the day without me needing to consciously roll them back.
At first glance, it looks like a pretty standard office chair, but it’s so much more than that. The only thing that might give you pause is the price tag, but let me tell you, after sitting on one of your dining room chairs for months and then finishing a day in this chair, that price tag starts to make way more sense.
The Aeron Chair from Herman Miller has over 20 years of research on the science of sitting built into it as well as the latest technological innovations in materials, technology and manufacturing. Aeron’s 8Z Pellicle elastomeric suspension seat and backrest has eight latitudinal zones of slightly varying tension that comfort and support you while you sit. It’s like your weight has been lifted off your joints and pressure points are relieved all over your body. The latest update to this 8Z Pellicle also allows body heat to pass through it so your skin maintains a comfortable temperature the whole day.
You get your choice of casters for your wheels for carpet, hardwood floors or both and all of them have quiet roll technology that, let me tell you, works like a charm. This chair makes almost no noise while you’re shifting, which is another huge pro especially when sharing a workspace with others.
While you’re sitting in the Aeron, the chair moves with you seamlessly as you shift from forward to reclined positions to your body is comforted and supported throughout these positions. It has a cross-performance design that can accommodate a wide range of sitting positions one may take throughout the day and maintain a solid standard of support whether you’re forward-focused and leaning towards your screen or relaxed backward and contemplative. This is something I took for granted when using other chairs but makes a huge difference when it comes to the amount of energy your body is using to prop you up, and how your muscles feel after hours of work.
The price is high, there’s no doubt about that. But as we’re all setting up our more permanent work from home setups and investing in home office equipment, this chair might make the biggest difference when it comes to your ability to stay focused without aches and pains and productive throughout the day. You’ve got enough on your plate, let this chair take care of you so you can focus on the important tasks at hand.