We all spend a lot of time sitting down and have been told this is an unhealthy practice. Standing desks were the first solution for that but now there’s another – it’s the Salli saddle chair.
The Salli saddle chair allows you to combine sitting with standing and also allows you to avoid the negative aspects of both.
Whether at work, driving our car or on public transport – we spend hours on end sitting down.
The medical community illustrated the detrimental effects this can have on our bodies no matter how fit we are.
Many people found the solution with a standing desk – a practice we have embraced.
But then we discovered the Salli saddle chair which is built in such a way to take the weight off our feet but still maintain a straight back and excellent posture.
Something that is hard to do sitting on a regular chair.
It’s called the saddle chair because it looks like, well, a saddle.
There are two halves to the chair with a recess gap in the middle.
As you’d expect, the Salli saddle chair is height adjustable so it’s ideal to use with an adjustable standing desk or a regular height desk.
But it’s also width adjustable as well with the two halves of the seat able to be moved closer together or further apart to achieve an even greater comfort level depending on your height and build.
There is also a tilt mechanism if you prefer to change the front to back angle.
And Salli stands behind its products 100 per cent with warranties of up to 10 years on some models.
For our review we took a look at the Salli Swayfit – valued at $765.
It has Finnish design with a solid construction, width adjustment and hand controlled height adjustment with a gas spring.
Each chair comes with its own serial number and this one has a five-year warranty.
There is no questioning the build quality of the Salli saddle chair. We were impressed the minute we took it out of the box.
We didn’t mind standing up at our desk but with the new saddle chair we were able to achieve the same benefit but without having to take all our weight on our feet.
Without a backrest on the chair our legs were angled at 45 degrees with our pelvis tilting forward rather than backward as it would on a regular chair.
In this position our back was naturally straight and we were easily able to hold our correct posture.
Because we had our feet planted on the ground we were able to sit in this position for hours.
A doctor will tell you our lumbar vertebrae were in their natural position with our lower back forming the right curve.
Sitting incorrectly can also have a dramatic effect on our circulation.
According to Salli, the saddle chair speeds up blood circulation in traditional tension areas like the upper back.
And if circulation slows blood pressure on the brain can increase and cause headaches.
It helps that the good back posture promoted by sitting in the saddle chair also promotes good posture as well.
Sitting in a saddle chair, your hips and knees are in a 135 degree angle which actually decreases the pressure on the cartilages and reduces the risk of joint ailments.
And being higher than a regular chair also puts less stress on the knees when you want to stand up again.
We’ve been using the Salli saddle chair with our standing desk for more than a month now and it’s helped us maintain our energy levels and focus.
Yes I still like to stand up at the desk but now when I use the Salli saddle chair I am still enjoying the health and well-being benefits rather than sitting back down on a traditional chair.
The lower back and neck pain, the lingering results of a distant professional rugby league career, I no longer there. That was the result of using the standing desk and now continues with the Salli saddle chair.
If you do spend a lot of time sitting down, even at a regular desk, the Salli saddle chair can be an absolute game changer.
It will help with maintaining a good posture and improve your overall wellbeing and help you avoid the detrimental effects of sitting in a regular chair for extended periods of time.