What is NEAT?

November 06, 2017

What is NEAT?

Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis
Many of us believe that a good sweat in the gym for 30 minutes or so a day, for 3-5 days per week is going to keep us ahead of the health risk curve to enhance our general well-being. In many cases this may be true, but only if we maintain enough other general activity throughout our day to avoid the sedentary effects associated with static positioning. 
In our ever-evolving world of technology our actual act to move is on a dramatic decline and the rise of obesity, diabetes, various cancers and heart disease is alarming.Many of us are seeking solutions and a growing trend has focused on standing as an alternative to what has become known as "sitting disease". The reality is that whether we sit or stand … we need to move.

NEAT, quite simply, is unplanned movements that we can introduce to our daily routines in addition to regular exercise, that will cause us to challenge our metabolic systems more consistently and in turn deter these sedentary impacts. 

D. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic is a very vocal advocate of NEAT and has very clearly demonstrated through his research that if we move just a little bit more on a more continuous frequency, we can counter these effects and in fact, prevent them.

Sit-to-stand work stations are a valuable component, but realistically users only stand for possibly 20% of their day. So, an active sitting chair such as the CoreChair is an excellent complement.

Other options to consider in order to introduce NEAT in the workplace would include: taking the stairs; participate in walking meetings; and even walk while we talk on our phones.
When at home, we can easily find tasks that would involve movement: Watching T.V. from a stationary bike; taking frequent walks; working in the garden and many more. 
You don't necessarily have to break a sweat, just keep moving. 

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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.




Our Strategic Partners

ACE Corporate Member: CoreChair Strategic Partner CAOT Corporate Partner - CoreChair Strategic Partner DMZ - CoreChair Strategic Partner GoodLife Fitness, GoodLife Rewards - CoreChair Strategic Partner HRPA (Human Resources Professionals Association) - CoreChair Strategic Partner    Adelaide Health Clinic             The Ultimate Health Podcast

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