Static Sitting Leading to Increase in Liver, Visceral and Abdominal Fat

February 21, 2018

Static Sitting Leading to Increase in Liver, Visceral and Abdominal Fat

New research carried out by the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre in the UK has found more evidence suggesting that sitting for prolonged periods of time is bad for your health, specifically focusing on the increase in fat surrounding internal organs. 

This study looked at 124 participants at high risk of type 2 diabetes and measured the amount of time that they spent sedentary. They defined sedentary to be any time spent sitting with little-to-no energy expenditure. 

After taking into account the age, ethnicity and physical activity levels of the participants, they found that the longer a person spent sitting still during the day, the higher their levels of liver, visceral and total abdominal fat. 

The other interesting measure they found, was that individuals that did not meet the public health recommendations of 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week showed even higher levels of fat. Thus showing us that although exercise can lessen these effects - we are still not doing enough to improve our health if we are sitting still all day!

We are finding in similar studies, that the outcomes are suggesting that not only do we need to increase our physical activity levels (which we already knew), but we also need to decrease our sedentary levels. 

Since we spend the better part of our day sitting, this problem appears to be an easy area for us to target in order to change that. That's why when designing the CoreChair, Patrick Harrison not only wanted to ensure comfort and supportive posture; but wanted to also focus on providing us with the ability to move while we sit. The movement technology in the CoreChair was later validated by the Mayo Clinic to be classified as a NEAT certified product. NEAT standing for: Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. In short, this means that we are able to expend energy in the CoreChair without increasing our heart rate, thereby increasing blood flow, and caloric burn.

Want to learn more about NEAT? Check out the blog: What Is NEAT?

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About CoreChair

Introduction to the CoreChair

Patrick's Story

With a degree in Kinesiology, the study of human body movement, Patrick has committed his personal life to an active and healthy lifestyle and pursued solutions to optimize this among others. 

                                                            Patrick Harrison on a Conference Call   Patrick Harrison Snowboarding 
Patrick's initial success was the development of a company that focused on the design, manufacture and distribution of specialized seating solutions for non ambulatory persons dependent on wheelchairs for mobility. Special Health Systems Ltd., was considered a leader in this field in North America as well as other global centers prior to the sale of this company in 1995 to US based Invacare Corporation. 
After the sale of this company, Patrick pursued many other entrepreneurial ventures that ranged from agricultural to philanthropic opportunities, but was drawn back to his passion to create solutions that would address physical challenges experienced by everyday people.
Patrick Harrison SHS
With the emerging awareness on the perils of sedentary lifestyle coupled with the musculoskeletal damage incurred by desk jockeys, Harrison was inspired by the number of persons who intuitively sought activity in their day at the office by taking an exercise ball to replace their traditional office chair.
Thus he began what became a 7 plus year project to create what is best described as a disruptive innovation by developing an active sitting chair that is now commercially known as CoreChair. 
                                                 Patrick Harrison Paddleboarding   Patrick Harrison IronMan  Patrick Harrison Surfing
Aware that human nature and the resistance to change is the biggest challenge that we all face, Patrick collaborated with Centers of Excellence such as the University of Waterloo, Mayo Clinic, Cornell University and others, to validate the efficacy of this design. 
In parallel, Patrick sought practical input from clinicians, health experts and everyday people to gain feedback on the design evolution to ensure a comfortable and effective solution. 
The result is a very high quality seating solution that challenges traditional doctrine of healthy workplace environments, with attention to detail on every day needs and value to those who use it. 

Our Core Design

The vision of CoreChair is to offer the world’s healthiest, ergonomic and therapeutic office chair. Paying little mind to convention or tradition, we chose to focus on you, the sitter. Our tech innovation focuses on optimal posture through core stabilization and movement that mobilizes key joints most affected by sitting. We made our seat highly sculpted to relieve pressure points, prevent sliding and deliver comfort. It works in conjunction with the low back, stabilizing the pelvis to optimize your sitting posture, reduce back pain and prevent slumping at your desk. Many of us are actively seeking therapeutic remedies to help reduce our back pain. Prolonged static sitting in traditional chairs (even high end ergonomic chairs) can result in uncomfortable back strain and lack of movement. Invest in your health with an innovative seating solution designed to harmonize your personal movement with your chair.





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