Can this possibly be a conversation topic? Imagine meeting a friend you regularly see, let’s say, once a week and, sitting at a café, discussing how your office chair should look like, what features it should have etc. Imagine, instead, you meet a friend you haven’t seen in a long time – one of those friends you used to hang out with a lot in the past, but then for no special reason you stopped seeing; and, once again, you end up telling this person about your quest for the perfect desk chair. Incredibly, you find out that also he is into the same search and you spend hours trying to decide on the selection criteria. And what if, an evening while on a date (with that nice guy you really hoped would ask you out) you suddenly find yourself speaking of that desk chair you really can’t get out of your head?
If that is all you have something to say about, you either are a very dull person, or you really need a new desk chair. You know that you belong to the second category, and you know how difficult and frustrating it is having to deal with such purchase. The main reason that makes this task so complicated is the cost. If you buy a desk chair, you don’t want it cheap. You need a product that is good, that will last long and that will, most importantly, save you from getting injured at work. “How could a chair possibly save me from an injury?”, you may ask. Simple. Long periods of sedentariness stress our bodies, our muscles, our bones because our perfect anatomy was never meant for stillness. Muscles that don’t work lose their tone, for example, and a chain reaction is then established that leads to several aches, but also to possible more serious conditions.
I made the terrible mistake to consult Dr Google (never a wise choice) and ended up learning that too many risks are connected to long periods of inactivity. Since then, the desk chair is the centre of all my discussions because I really want to be safe at work. I am lucky my friends understand me and support me, because it is taking quite a long time to finally find the desk chair right for me. As I said, the price can be a problem, if you don’t have money saved up. Don’t make the mistake, though, to opt for a cheap chair as you may end up regretting it for the rest of your life. It is wiser to wait (if you can), save and then make a choice. This is my rule, at least!