As a blogger I spend A LOT of time sitting at my desk. I use a laptop, but I am more comfortable using it at my desk, perched on top of a “stand” than I am trying to use it on my lap while seated on the couch.
I also need to use an actual “mouse” and not the pad on my laptop. I guess I prefer things “old school,” as if I was using a desktop and not a laptop.
Over the years I have developed Carpal Tunnel in my right wrist due to be on the computer too much and not sitting properly while at the computer. I never used the appropriate accessories (wrist rest, ergonomic mouse…) to prevent myself from developing Carpal Tunnel.
My desk chair has never been correct from an ergonomic standpoint either. I had one of those $29.99-type desk chairs that you get from Walmart or Target. It was cheap and it served it’s purpose.
I never, ever sat correctly in that chair. I always found myself sitting all the way toward the front of the chair and leaning over my desk. I never found it comfortable to sit with my back up against the backrest. It didn’t feel “natural” to me to sit that way.
Right now I am dealing with several physical ailments, including back issues. I often wonder if the way I set, both at home and at work, has anything to do with that – even in the slightest way.
Have you seen advertisements for the desk that you use while standing up? The first time I saw one I thought it was very strange and I didn’t think it would be comfortable at all. But after I learned more about them, and knowing how sitting for too long is not good for you, I think it’s a wonderful idea. If I had more room in my home I would consider getting one of those desks.
It’s called a SmartDesk and it’s made by a company called Autonomous.
The more I learn about the SmartDesk the more I think it’s an awesome idea. Right now I have to force myself to take breaks, get up and walk around a bit because sitting for too long not only aggravates the issues I’m already having with my back and leg, but it’s been shown that sitting at a desk too long is not the best for your overall health. Sitting too long can cause posture problems, back problems, problems with your hips and more. Don’t believe me? Google “sitting too long” and check out all the horrible things that could happen.
I also think having the ability to stand can also increase productivity. I cannot tell you how many time I have dosed off while at my desk. I have literally fallen asleep! If I was standing that most likely wouldn’t happen.
Autonomous makes a variety of products to help you work healthier, work better and work smarter.
Autonomous was kind enough to send me one of their ErgoChairs to review.
This is not your standard desk chair. It looks more like something a CEO or President of a major corporation would sit in. From a visual standpoint its a beautiful chair.
I was thrilled when the chair arrived and I couldn’t wait for my husband to put it together. It took him under a half hour to put the chair together. The company even made it easy but packaging all the pieces (screws and such) in a way that they were easy to find. They even included one of those little wrenches so that you didn’t need to dig through your toolbox to find what you needed.
The chair has A LOT of “bells and whistles.”
Molded foam seat slides forwards and backwards, raises and lowers
Customizable tilt tension to perfectly balance your weight, seat position can be locked or unlocked for flexibility or maximum support
Seat and back tilt tension
Wide, five-wheel base for mobility and stability during multipurpose use
3D armrests move left to right, up and down, and forwards to backwards for the perfect resting position
Adjustable Lumbar Support meets your back where you most need support
Wide, curved headrest raises, lowers and tilts up to 45 degrees back
Aerated back conforms to your unique shape, supporting your spine while preventing heat build-up.
Ergonomically designed, ErgoChair distributes your weight evenly.
Carefully selected materials, world-class manufacturing and rigorous testing.
Almost every aspect of this chair can be customized to fit your personal needs or comfort. The chairs is easily adjustable so the next person who sits at the chair can change it to fit them. My kids use my desk a lot for homework and often change the set up on my desk chair. Our son is much taller than me, so he adjusts almost every aspect of my desk chair. I don’t mind because I can easily move things back to the way they are most comfortable for me.
I will admit that it took me a while to get used to this chair. I was so used to sitting towards the front of the chair that it was hard for me to get used to sitting all the way in the chair with my back up against the back of the chair. I still find myself sitting forward in the chair out of habit, but as soon a I catch myself doing that I push my body back in the chair so that my back is resting on the back rest.
I actually find it more comfortable to sit all the way back in this chair. Like I mentioned above, I still catch myself sitting in it the wrong way, but that is just out of habit. I’m sure in time I’ll get used to sitting in it the proper way.
One of my favorite features of this chair is the adjustable lumbar support. It’s a pillow-like piece in the back of the chair that you can adjust up or down to where you want it to be on your back. I have back, hip and knee problems. ANY relief/support I can get in those problem areas is a good thing.
I also like that the headrest adjusts so it fits my head perfectly.
The chair even tilts back a bit. Sometimes when I have been sitting at the computer for a long time I like to stretch back a bit, just for a few minutes, and close my eyes. This chair allows me to tilt back a bit while the headrest supports my head.
Did I mention that the chair is super comfy too? Even our cats want to sleep on it. I have to put book on it to keep them off of it otherwise it will be covered with hair.
The chair is a bit more pricey than other chairs, but sometimes it pays to spend a little more for a quality product, especially one that was built with your comfort in mind.
The Autonomous EroChair is available in six different colors – black, black and white, white, green, red and blue.
Check out this brief video to learn more about this chair.
If you are in the market for a new chair for your desk, or you feel like you need to take your chair to the next level, check out the Autonomous EroChair. It’s like the “Rolls Royce” of chairs.
For more information about the ErgoChair, SmartDesk or other Autonomous products Autonomous.ai (notice the end is NOT .com).
The brand can also be found across the various social media platforms. All of their links are found at the bottom right of their home page.
What do you think about the Autonomous ErgoChair? Does it look like something you need in your home or office? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.
*I received a free product to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.