Did you know that when in a seated position, three times more force is put on the lower vertebrae than when standing? With that in mind, the more time spent sitting, the more you increase the chances of lower back pain, usually because people don’t maintain good posture when sitting for extended periods of time.
In 2014, Nielsen conducted a study on people’s gaming habits across the United States. They found that the average person over the age of 13 spent about 6.3 hours per week playing video games. This time spent his risen steadily over the past few years. The Nielsen study takes into account everybody, across all age groups and demographics, so for the hardcore gamers amongst us, the amount of time spent sitting in front of video games could easily triple or quadruple.
Therefore, a good gaming chair should not only look great, it should also provide essential neck and lumbar support. The perfect gaming chair will heighten your gaming experience and bring it to a whole new level, all the while looking after your physical wellbeing.
So now that you know why a gaming chair is an essential investment, with so many types available, how do you choose the right one? Well that depends on you. There is the perfect gaming chair for you, it just depends on your needs and how you game. Here is a rundown of some of the best styles of gaming chairs available on the market today .
Racer Gaming Chairs: This style of gaming chair combines the traditional office-style desk chair with bucket seats from a racing car. Whilst there are several brands offering something similar today, the original racer gaming chair, with a refined racing inspired design, was introduced to the market by DXRacer in 2006. Having started as a manufacturer of seats for luxury sports cars, DXRacer still offers the best range and highest quality of ergonomic gaming chairs on the market today. They usually feature a deep reclining back and definitely have the “coolness” factor.
Rocker Gaming Chairs: For something a little different when playing gaming consoles, rocker gaming chairs feature a sleek curved design and sit directly on the floor with no pedestal or wheels. The rocker gaming chair provides excellent levels of comfort, especially during long gaming sessions, due to the broad backrest and the ability to lean back and stretch out the legs. Most rocker gaming chairs are packed with additional features, such as built-in speakers.
PC/Office Gaming Chairs: Very different from console gaming, pc gaming requires a more traditional office-style desk chair. The upright seated position required means that decent neck and lumbar support is essential when choosing from this range of gaming chairs. There are a wide range of office gaming chairs available today, with some of the best offerings again coming from DXRacer, featuring comfortable armrests, a neck rest and a lumbar pad. Whether you want a funky race car style chair, or a more understated, elegant and sleek black leather offering, there will be a style to suit every home. For added comfort while gaming, DXRacer even offer matching footrests to relieve stress on the lower back.
Gaming Bean Bag Chairs: A classic style, the traditional bean bag may not offer built-in speakers or a cup holder, however, they can provide hours of gaming in comfort. Gaming bean bag chairs offer great cushioning and support, whether sitting up or lying down, and come in a wide range of colors and styles, from kid-sized to oversized.