In an age where we are calling sitting the “new smoking” and being told that our chair is killing us, I thought I’d set some things straight and tell you about my new love affair with my chair.
This picture shows my home office, proudly modeled by my four year old boy in his soccer kit. Note the set up for my lap top with the external keyboard/track pad and Roost lap top stand (the best in the market, very light, folds to compact shape and hold the lap top high). Note the new sit to stand desk in a trendy cherry top colour (At $650 the same price as a Varidesk but 17,000 times more beneficial).
Front and centre though, under my smiley youngster, is my new Therapod chair. It’s soooo comfortable and supportive. I just love it, and have been reminded of the importance of a good ergonomic chair and the health and well being benefits it can bring you.
What?? I hear you say. Isn’t all the evidence telling us we need to move more and sit less? Yes, in general that is true. As a society we do have the challenge of moving more towards movement and away from being sedentary. But I’m not a society, I’m an individual.
Most of my computer work is nestled in between school hours – from 9:30 to 3pm. Outside of these times I spend 3 hours every morning in the morning madness… moving, bending, lifting, riding. Then in the afternoon I have 5 hours engaged in another swirl of dad related activity with little rest time. That’s eight hours of being very non sedentary.
Other days I work on site doing Ergo reviews and training which are very active days. Many of you will also know about my other emerging career outside of Physio which is highly active to say the least.
So, in between all this, I’m delighted for the chance to sit for a while.
This new chair allows me to do this with lovely supportive contact along the length of my spine. The recline angle I have set at the recommended 10-20 degrees meaning I’m not at risk of having my head forward, but instead have my head balanced effortlessly over my centre of gravity.
I’m good and ensure I don’t sit for longer than 30 mins at a time of course. Don’t we all!!?? That’s where the standing feature comes in handy and/or the little errands that I sneak into the day that promote a change of posture.
The point of this blog is to remind us all that when we do sit, it’s fabulous to have a good chair. One that reclines 10-20 degrees and has a high back that supports right up to the top of your shoulder blades as mine does. This helps reduce the second big hazard of computer work, which is sustaining an awkward, forward head posture (the “turtle neck”).
So as long as I remember to get up and change posture/move regularly I end the day feeling healthy, pain free and revived.
Special thanks to Simon and the team at Back Care and Seating in Carlton for helping me with this set up. The costs were minimal compared to the benefits.
Yes, moving regularly is very important for office workers.
Combined with a good supportive chair, you get the best of both worlds.
Have a healthy and productive day,