This chair is an invisible gym for your living room
LAS VEGAS — Most people dream of burning calories, as they power through episode after episode of their favorite Netflix show. And if you could do that while sitting down — without noticing that you’re working out — then all the better.
Enter the Tao Chair, a quirky, but useful product that acts like an invisible gym for your living room. Despite being designed to feel and look like a normal lounging chair, it works the user’s core, improves posture, burns calories, reduces stress and strengthens muscles. Tech startup Tao-Wellness unveiled the product at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas.
In a nutshell, the Tao Chair turns unhealthy sitting into something that is much better for you, according to company president and co-founder Philo Northrup.
“This concept turns downtime into exercise time,” Northrup told Mashable. “People want to be healthier, but find it hard to find the time, especially after work when they want to watch TV with the family. Instead of eating potato chips while relaxing, you can burn calories, tone muscle and keep the heart pumping.”
The chair uses exercises related to isometrics — the science of applying pressure, which is the basis of many popular workouts, including pilates and plank exercises.
After sitting, users push or pull against the Tao Chair’s upholstered arms with their legs or arms in any direction.
After sitting, users push or pull against the Tao Chair’s upholstered arms with their legs or arms in any direction. The chair doesn’t move, so the arms resist a user’s pressure, and its built-in sensors keep track of how much they’re exerting. One of the arms comes with a small display that highlights calorie loss and other workout stats.
The chair also syncs up with the Tao mobile app, which coaches users through dozens of exercises, and connects to games to make the experience more fun.
According to one study, sitting is — unsurprisingly — bad for one’s health, and can often cause skeletal, muscular and cardiovascular issues. While hitting the gym doesn’t necessarily offset the effects of sitting, research suggests that it’s important to be active while sitting to combat potential problems.
Last year, Tao-Wellness unveiled a tiny gadget that enables users to work out anywhere, and also features exercises related to isometrics.