Find the best sitting position for you

Regular chair and desks versus ergonomic work stations do not make much of a difference. If they do work, it is because of novelty and usually short-lived.

  • If you are pain-free and sitting comfortably, you don't need to change.
  • If you experience a bit of pain, play around with your chair and find a better way to sit.
  • If you have persistent pain, try different chairs and find one that's right for you.

Instead of getting up and moving at prescribed intervals, people should just move more.

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There is no ‘right’ way to sit

When it comes to preventing aches and pains, there is no right way to sit.

  • It is a myth that sitting upright is good, and slouching is bad. There’s actually no evidence to support this.
  • Sitting up straight for a while becomes uncomfortable. We all realize this but are quick to suggest sitting upright is the best.
  • Sitting up straight is more socially acceptable than slouching.
  • Slouching and bad posture will not cause chronic back pain.
  • Genetics, anxiety, sleep patterns and stress play a role in poor posture.

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... to play games that require balancing and movement. 

Playing any games while standing up is also an alternative, as sitting all day is bad for us.

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Aches and pains

With the 2020 pandemic, many people are required to stay home.

If you're one of these people, you may be noticing new aches and pains you did not experience at the office.

How we're sitting

The childhood advice of sitting up straight, shoulders back, is incorrect.

Sitting this way takes effort. We end up arching our backs by tensing up our muscles. When we tighten them, we shorten them, and that arches the back, loads the discs in the lower back, and pushes the edges of the vertebrae against each other. Over time, that could alter our anatomy.

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