Office chairs can make a huge difference in the way your office feels, says a new study from the University of Pennsylvania.
The study of 1,600 people found that sitting on office chairs in their office reduced their overall stress levels by 16 percent.
It’s also linked to a lower risk of depression and a decrease in anxiety.
“We found that chairs can help people feel better about themselves, their work and their relationships, and also their physical health,” said study author Michael T. Purdy, associate professor of psychology at the University at Buffalo.
“This study helps explain why office chairs have been found to be effective at helping people get around in a city, even in a place as crowded as an office.”
The study, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, involved more than 200 people who used office chairs regularly and also sat on the floor or on the couch.
Each person sat for about 10 minutes, and afterward they were asked how they felt about their experience.
“In this study, we looked at how sitting on a chair impacted people’s stress levels, their health, and their relationship with their family, friends, and co-workers,” said Purdy.
“Our results show that office chairs are a simple way to make people feel more comfortable and more productive.
They also reduce the amount of time they spend on the sofa.”
For the study, Purdy and his colleagues analyzed the data of 1.3 million people who filled out the survey.
They then divided the study participants into four groups.
First, there were office chairs that were made of a wood or plastic material and had handles.
Then, there was office chairs made of leather or vinyl materials.
Finally, there’s office chairs without handles.
Each group was assigned to a chair for a 30-minute session, which included questions about how well the chair fit in the office, how much they liked the chairs, and whether they felt they were in control of the chair.
After the sessions, the researchers analyzed the participants’ moods, thoughts and behaviors as well as their body temperatures.
The researchers found that people who sat on office furniture were more likely to report feeling better about their own health and less anxious.
They were also more likely than people who were seated on chairs to feel good about themselves and their job performance.
“I think the chair study is an important one that can be replicated with other people, whether they’re sitting on chairs in your home, or you’re sitting in an office,” said Dr. Michael T Purdy from the Department of Psychology at the university.
“You can’t get a good sense of the effects of sitting on your office chair unless you get into the habit of sitting for a short time each day.”
The study also found that the people who sit on office chair were less likely to be obese.
People who sat in chairs for 30 minutes or less were more than twice as likely to have a body mass index (BMI) over 25.
The results of the study suggest that sitting in chairs can reduce the risk of obesity, even among those who don’t have health problems.
“The research is consistent with the idea that office furniture can be an important way to reduce stress,” said Marnie Schmitt, professor of occupational and environmental medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health and coauthor of the research.
“We know that sitting is good for our heart health, but we don’t know if sitting for longer periods can help with your mental health, or your relationship with your family and friends.”
Office chairs can be helpful in many ways, including reducing stress and improving your physical health, says Schmitt.
“So you should consider adding them to your office furniture.”
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