We all spend a lot of time sitting. Probably more than we realize and certainly more than is good for us. We can’t easily change how much we sit, so the challenge is to change how we sit.
How did we get here?
After 30 years as a surgeon at the University of Vermont’s trauma center, Dr. Osler left the operating room and began a career as a research epidemiologist. This switch required hours of sitting at a computer, and despite trying a dozen different chairs, sitting all day caused him unrelenting back pain.
And he knew he wasn’t alone. Americans, on average, sit for nearly 10 hours a day, and 80% suffer from sitting-induced back pain. We sit to eat, watch TV, work at a desk… sitting is designed into our lives.
To Dr. Osler, sitting better meant being able to adjust his position freely, naturally, and comfortably in real time – moment to moment movement without adjustment knobs. Such movement would relieve back pain, as well as prevent the body from being passive.
Long story short: finding no such chair, he invented one.