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There was a time when “ergonomics,” the contouring of furniture to best fit the human body, had little claim to fame; it was not well understood. The pieces of furniture looked odd and contorted, foreign to our expectations. Many were summarily rejected because they were so unfamiliar to the user.

Luckily, as healthy living and wellness became more mainstream, the benefits of ergonomics began to outweigh the objections to the look of this furniture style. Joint and tendon syndromes, weakened core strength, weight gain, back pain, and general discomfort were convincing factors to try something new.

As ergonomics gains recognition and acceptance as the better options for workplace furniture, more options appear in the market. Here is a selection of the best ergonomic furniture to support the human body at work and prevent problems associated with standard workplace equipment.

Logitech’s MX Master 3 Mouse. This mouse offers a new level of comfort and ease. The natural resting place for your thumb comes equipped with a whole suite of controls. You can now scroll 1000 lines in a second with the thumb scroll wheel, navigate forward and back or do many other common tasks with two more programmable buttons, and improve your productivity while preserving your wrist and hands.

Herman Miller Aeron Chair. Most office chairs offer options to raise and lower the height, but not all of them come with adjustable arm rests, head rests, and more features to accommodate the human body. The Herman Miller Aeron Chair offers adjustable features that ‘posture fit’ to support your lower back while the tilt limiter can be set to let you recline or restrict the chair to upright to ensure proper posture. The flexibility of this chair to conform to the body and posture fully supports the user no matter the task.

UPLIFT Desk - V2. The ability to stand while working gives employees the option to move more and combats damage from sedentary jobs that require long hours at the computer. The UPLIFT Desk - V2 sit/stand desk frame supports a flat desktop from 3’6 to 7’8 wide and includes 48 mounting holes for a variety of under-desk accessories. One of the key features of the desk frame is the electric sit/stand controller; it allows the desk to be raised or lowered to any custom height in the height range, and includes a 1-touch feature to raise or lower it to pre-programmed heights. 

Vari Deskpro 36. If you’re already working from a standard desk but want the benefits of a standing desk, a Vari Deskpro 36 is a great solution. It’s a desk that retrofits onto an existing work surface. This device includes a simple, spring-assisted lifting arm on each side to make raising or lowering the desk easy for almost anyone to use. The lifted desk space even supports 2 monitors, keyboard, mouse, and a substantial workspace for documents, notes, or phone.

Year after year, ergonomic options for offices are ever more accepted and pervasive. In 2020, it’s time to sit, stand, and scroll without causing damage to our bodies.

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