by Julie Randolph, Care Coordination Manager
It is reported that the enterprising dentist, Josiah Flagg, invented the first reclining chair in 1790. Historians also suggest that the French Military created a recliner as a mobile bed for camp in 1850. Daniel F. Caldemeyer patented the first recliner in 1959 in Evansville, Indiana. Dental exams or a place for soldiers to rest seems to be the original intent of the design. Today the modern recliner provides much comfort and relaxation to most Americans after a day of activity. But what happens if you use it in place of activity?
Do you find yourself using your recliner for more than just a spot to relax and recover after significant activities? Consider recording the time spent in your chair every day. Eating, sleeping, and living all day in a recliner often results in an overall decline in health, wellness, and endurance. I challenge you to reduce the time you spend in the recliner a little more each day until you limit use to 3 hours per day. The resulting flexibility, balance, circulation and overall mobility can enhance your life.