Thanks to the Industrial Revolution and cathode-ray tubes, many people who are gainfully employed spend eight or more hours every day parked in front of a computer screen. It sounds like a cushy lifestyle, but stretched out over years, it can turn your once vibrant body into a howling mound of pain. These products can help even the most committed swivel-chair sitters in better shape as they empty their inboxes.
Time in a Bottle | Cactaki 32oz Water Bottle with Time Marker
When you’re chained to a desk eight hours a day, it’s easy to forget to keep yourself hydrated. It’s also inconvenient to get up from your terminal to refill your tiny water mug multiple times per day. The Cactaki water bottle ends all that ennui with a 32-ounce water bottle marked with indicators to track your water-swilling process. At the end of each work shift, you’ll be content in the knowledge that you’ve nearly emptied the break room aquarium.
Globe of Comfort | Vivora Luno Sitting Ball Chair
Flat-surfaced chairs are for chumps. To keep your body from sliding into inertia during a long day in front of the pixels, you need a posture-improving, ergonomically ecstatic ball chair. It’s what yoga practitioners use to keep their bodies flexible, and what ambitious but confused soccer players kick around. The Vivora Luno ball chair is amazingly comfortable and helps to relieve pressure on your back while maintaining focus on the job at hand. It comes with a handle in case it hasn’t yet occurred to you that you can roll it.
Stay Loose | Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager
The stationary position is murder on the back and neck muscles. Staying still eight hours a day may seem harmless at first, but do it too long and your body will atrophy, your tendons will stiffen, and your disco dancing days will be over. Before that sad state of affairs takes hold, get yourself a Zyllion. It simulates Shiatsu-style massage with 3-dimension deep kneading. Just put it behind your back or neck, plug it in, and let the Zyllion massager restore your youthful vigor and lost sense of hope.
One solution to the dreariness of sitting down all day is to just not do it. More and more workers are turning to standing desks, which allow them to remain fully operational in all office duties while standing erect. But if you’re stuck with a sit-down desk, the VIVO Converter will change it into something very close to a full-fledged standing desk. It raises your working space by as much as 17 inches, so you can crunch numbers and fire off memos from an assertive, upright position.
The Foam of Life | ComfiLife Gel Enhanced Seat Cushion
Memory foam is primarily thought of in the context of bedding materials. It shapes and conforms to the body for gentle support and sleep-inducing comfort. Now you can experience the awesome might of memory foam while sitting down on the ComfiLife coccyx cushion. It supports your tailbone ergonomic structure and has a layer of cooling gel on top to alleviate the troublesome problem of getting overheated. The ComfiLife also improves posture, can ameliorate stress, raise energy levels, and tell back pain and sciatica to take a long walk off a short desktop.
Take It to the Mouse | Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse
Your standard computer mouse may not look all that imposing, but it’s a silent killer. When you use one, you’re practically begging for carpal tunnel syndrome to take over your flaccid, burning wrists. That’s why the Anker Ergonomic Optical Mouse (we’re calling it the Ergomouse and you can’t stop us) is such a godsend. It’s a vertically oriented motion tool that you grab as if you were shaking a hand. The result is hours of smoother movement, reduced strain and stress, and the thrill of clicking on links as if you were firing a laser gun.
Footloose | AmazonBasics Under Desk Foot Rest
Let’s talk about your feet. There are myriad products that supply comfort and support to your back, head, arms, and tailbone. Nobody ever talks about doing so for your feet. That’s why we welcome this AmazonBasics footrest like a long-lost, financially independent relative. It rotates on its axis so you can keep circulation flowing with your feet in a slightly elevated position. It’s also got textured panels that have a gentle massage effect if you’re barefoot or wearing socks. Your feet will feel properly pampered, as will you.
Blinded by the Light | Prospek Blue Light Blocking Reading Computer Glasses
Blue light is the luminescence that emits from computer screens, smartphones, e-readers, TVs, and other technological items. It’s ever so helpful, but it can cause long-term strain on your eyes, possibly resulting in headaches, migraines, and overall misery. Prospek glasses help immeasurably by blocking out some of the more intense but ultimately unnecessary UV rays that cause the most trouble. It also reduces the distasteful, annoying yellow tint that other, less considerate blue light blockers allow.
This little exercise device is especially good for those who put their wrists and fingers through punishing, repetitive motion for most of the day. Using the miracle of pull-string technology, this gyroscopically-inclined unit busts wrist stress and encourages circulation, simply by resting in your hand while you shake it in a gentle, door-opening-like movement. Feel its power while taking a break from your workday, or just take it out on the subway and shake it around to keep other passengers from approaching you.
Bike to Work | FitDesk Standing Adjustable Desk Bike
Do you feel like you’re going nowhere in your sit-down desk job? Free yourself from the tyranny of inactivity with this portable combination of functional desk and exercise bike. It has all the elements of the bikes you see at public gyms: resistance bands, performance meters, and a seat. And it’s also got a fully loaded desktop, with ample room for a tablet, phone, and maybe a pencil or two. Climb in, log on, and start pedaling. Technically you’ll still be going nowhere, but at least your legs will be moving.