The obvious option is to start encouraging physical activity in places where people spend long periods of time working virtually statically, for example when operating computers at their desks. In offices it isn’t possible to do without the benefits of digitisation. By the same token, companies need to ensure that while sitting down people’s metabolisms are stimulated and activated. Not just to maintain physical fitness, but also to boost mental agility.
Trimension® – teaching seating to walk
But is the previous standard of motion, applied to two-dimensional dynamic sitting postures with bending and stretching the torso while seated, enough if people spend six, eight or more hours at their desks in front of their computers? The biomechanical analysis of the body shows that it’s primarily the three-dimensional movements of the hips that activate the muscles and skeleton. The hips are considered the body’s power house. So doesn’t it make sense to integrate this flexibility into seating and teach seating how to walk? However, the previous three-dimensional systems such as exercise balls, or sprung chairs that deliberately wobble have not proved suitable for longer periods of working, or only to a limited extent. They can quickly tire and unnerve people and lead to muscle tension. This is particularly the case with individuals who don‘t take regular exercise and only have limited awareness of their bodies. Therefore, the body should be in its natural equilibrium whatever the posture. The goal is to activate and stimulate the body, but not put it through a course of training and overtax it. To produce a three-dimensional and supported form of motion, Trimension® was developed in close association with the health and sports science sectors. Trimension® is a synchronous adjustment mechanism that allows two-dimensional bending and stretching of the torso and sideways movements of the hips.
More activity equals better productivity
Analyses of schoolchildren and senior citizens demonstrate close links between physical activity and mental performance. The intriguing question is: does more activity at desks also mean that people concentrate better? The Centre for Health has looked in detail at the impact of Trimension® on performance and health. A comparative field study was carried out on 80 test persons in the offices of an insurance company. After the first measurements had been taken, the trial group received (n=40) ON office chairs. After three months, concentration performance was tested again. The results are unequivocal. The group on the three-dimensional office chairs had increased significantly over all concentration criteria (speed, accuracy and consistency). The control group on the other hand stayed at the level first measured.
We hope this publication is a useful contribution and will spark debate on the issues and prompt action to be taken – which after all speaks louder than words.