The Painful Truth About Poor Posture

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The amount of time spent seated is the primary focus and challenge for those of us with desk jobs or similarly seated roles. Compounding that issue is our posture while seated, which is an area I certainly struggle with. I start strong, poised and comfortable in my ergonomic chair and before I even realize it has happened, I am fully engaged with all of the tasks at hand, leaning forward over my desk, and have taken my wonderful desk job to a new level of discomfort in a position that I have probably held for hours.

My early efforts at sleuthing did not result in consistent recommendations for the optimal sitting posture or workstation setup, and I will continue to dig further into this topic to understand the differences that are motivating conflicting recommendations. There is strong agreement, however, in how NOT to sit. Spoiler alert: hunched over our desks is not ideal. Dr. Alan Hedge, an ergonomics professor at Cornell University, shares in the video below why the forward lean that seems to be my current go to work posture should not be adopted by all of you far more savvy sitters.

While I now recognize that my seated posture contributes to some of the pain and discomfort I am working to reverse, I was not aware of this until recently. I imagine that I am not the only one out there who was blissfully unaware of a seated posture that could use some improvement. My request for anyone out there who does experience tension or pain after a workday seated is to take a moment several times during the day and notice how you are sitting. Does your posture have room for improvement?

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