Core Chair and Active Sitting

CoreChair and Active Sitting with Patrick Harrison

In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Patrick Harrison talks about the CoreChair and Active Sitting, as well as the effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

Patrick Harrison is founder and CEO of CoreChair. His degree in Kinesiology and his passion and strong vision for healthy seating solutions led him to develop the CoreChair which is an active sitting solution that was inspired by the growing number of individuals who have intuitively exchanged their office chair for an exercise ball as well as the alarming evidenced based research on the health impacts of sedentary sitting.

The media has tuned into this scientific evidence and has attracted the public’s attention with articles titled the “Sitting Disease”, “The Perils of Sitting” and “Sitting is the New Smoking”.

Main Questions Asked:

  • What is “sitting disease”?
  • What is the CoreChair and how does it help?
  • How can the listeners ensure their office is a healthy one?
  • What are five tips you can give our listeners to live a more healthy productive life?
  • What is incidental movement?
  • What should we keep in mind when it comes to the CoreChair?

Key Points Made by Patrick Harrison:

  • Sitting disease is the term for the effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
  • The average North American spends only three hours a day being physically active.
  • Technology has generally exacerbated the problem.
  • The economic costs of the health issues caused by sedentary lives is around $90 billion a year.
  • The traditional office chair is the source of common back problems because of the shape of the chair itself.
  • The CoreChair addresses the issues that the traditional office chair does not.
  • It encourages the mobility of the hips, pelvis, and spine.
  • Active sitting integrates mobility into a sitting position which reduces the effects of sitting still for long periods of time.
  • Active sitting is potentially helpful in encouraging blood flow to key areas of the body including the brain, which could result in increases in productivity.
  • The research seemed to point people towards standing instead of sitting which wasn’t necessarily the best solution.
  • The important point is actually moving as opposed to just standing.
  • Short intermittent breaks can help during your work day but won’t prevent all the issues.
  • You have more options for your work station than you think.
  • If you find yourself experiencing pain related to your desk job, do the research and try to make a change in your workplace.
  • Get good quality sleep, have a good diet, drink lots of water, incorporate good exercise into your daily routine, introduce more incidental movement into your day.
  • Incidental movement is adding small events and motion to your daily routine. A tiny amount of extra movement throughout the day can lead to a better metabolic effect.
  • Someone who wants to be engaged in the sitting position and spends a fair portion of their day seated should consider the CoreChair.
  • The CoreChair is a valuable option for users who care about their health or who have back issues.
  • The CoreChair is made to last with a twelve year warranty.

Key Resources Mentioned:

The CoreChair


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