5 Core-Engaging Alternatives to Traditional Office Chairs

5 Core-Engaging Alternatives to Traditional Office Chairs

Elizabeth Giorgi
Sep 9, 2013

I've experimented on and off with a standing desk in my office for the last year, but recently decided I'd like to have something to sit on that still engages my core throughout the day. This search has turned up some really smart alternatives to the traditional office task chair.

These chairs offer portability, bold style, and an extra effort factor for those who seek to sit less...or at least with a little core-engaging effort:

1. MuvMan Sit Stand Chair ($559)
This chair is especially unique for people trying to transition to a standing desk, providing just enough support to kind of lean into the seat, but not enough to full on sit. The leaning design is also adjustable for standard desk heights as well.

2. PB Teen's Rockin' Roller Desk Chair ($129)
The exercise ball chair has been a trend in offices across the globe for years now, but these colorful and fluffy balls take it to a whole new level, upgrading them aesthetically beyond the normal gym-style design. These Roller Desk Chairs can be removed from the metal holder for more mobile sitting or placed inside it for a stabilized experience.

3. Wrap Chair from West Elm ($199)
The low back and wide sides make it tough to really lean into this chair. As a result, it requires an incredibly steady posture. The Wrap still provides comfort for short seated stints, and the rolling wheels are great for moving it out of the way when you want to work while standing up.

4. Ongo Chair by Neutral Posture ($480)
The Ongo Chair is all about balance. The base of the chair is rounded evenly, so the sitter has to focus on maintaining their position or risk falling over. The height of the chair is adjustable, which also changes the balance dynamics for the user.

5. Alan Heller's ErgoErgo Stool from DWR ($100)
Yes, it seems a bit weird. But trust me, the ErgoErgo is comfortable. The spring shaped stool offers sufficient support, but it does require a strong back to sit on for hours and hours.

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