Many people will spend a huge percentage of their working day sat down, and as many as forty hours a week, and 48 weeks a year in the office. That means that if you’re not sitting properly in a good quality ergonomic office chair you’re likely to notice. And if you don’t directly realise it’s the chair which is the problem, you’re likely to start noticing a bit of pain in your back or shoulders which is a clue that there is something not quite right with the way you’re sitting. |
As you’re going to be spending so much time sitting down then you’re going to want to make sure you (and your staff if you’re an employer) are sitting properly. A lack of muscle tone can lead to slouching, which, in turn, can result in permanent problems, and the inability to sit comfortably for any kind of long time period.
If you can sit and still move slightly whilst you’re working you’ll find that you’re increasing your circulation and preventing yourself from being entirely sedentary. That said, as a task, sitting isn’t sedentary. In fact, it requires physically effort to do so properly and therefore it is technically a form of exercise. Granted you’ll probably feel slightly more exhausted when you’ve gone for a thirty minute jog, but it’s still pretty tiring. If you’re not doing it right you’re only putting more effort into sitting which you don’t need to do.
An ergonomic office chair won’t help you if you’re sitting incorrectly in it.
- Arch your back
We’re not designed to have a totally straight spine (although it shouldn’t be slumped over a keyboard either). Your ergonomic office chair will offer you a bit of lumbar support if you’re using it right, so make sure you’re sitting up.
- Sit up
Imagine someone is pulling your head up from a little bit of string above your head. You want to lengthen your spine and keep your head straight, and when you first sit down this is probably where you naturally end up. The problem will arise gradually, and you’ll find the more you’re sitting the more you will slump down and the more likely you are to be slouching. Keeping a check on that naughty spine will make you feel more comfortable in the long run, so make sure you’re putting the effort in.
- Feet on the floor
As I write I’m sitting terribly; I am a serial leg-crosser. Do as I say, and not as I do though, because keeping your feet flat on the floor will mean your back is also straight and your pelvis level. When you cross your legs you twist slightly which puts unnecessary strain on your weary bones.
So while you should have a great ergonomic office chair, you shouldn’t be putting all your faith in it. It’s just as important that you know how to sit.
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