We recently had a showroom visit from a 19-year-old university student, who was suffering from upper back and neck discomfort. A little investigation revealed that on the previous day he had spent 2.5 hours studying on his laptop, 1.5 hours checking various social media sites on his laptop, and then 5 hours gaming on his laptop – for a grand total of NINE hours sitting on the sofa, his laptop balanced on the sofa’s arm, his back twisted at an angle and his head tilted downwards.

What’s more, this was not an unusual day for him – nor is it unusual for many more young people just like him. And it can only get worse, as more technology is introduced into schools earlier than ever before. Children get no education regarding the risks of using this equipment – most of which is fine for short periods, but not for hours and hours on end, as the body twists itself to avoid/compensate for the discomfort.

This issue has troubled me for a long time. That’s why I was so delighted to find the Hokki stool, which offers dynamic sitting within a simple, inexpensive product that encourages the user to move within the sitting position. It also caters for people of different heights, from age 3 or so up to teenagers and adults. It is also lightweight, compact, and very trendy to look at – making it perfect for university use!

It takes a lot to impress me, but I really believe the Hokki stool is one of the most exciting products I have seen for many years.

Our bodies are very clever tools; we need to learn to listen to them, and use them sympathetically. What messages is your body sending to you?