44 Replies - 5356 Views - Last Post: 09 July 2012 - 06:02 PM
Posted 03 July 2012 - 04:15 PM
Posted 04 July 2012 - 08:36 AM
I googled them and some people were suggesting they are bad for sitting for long periods, and my physio was off the opinion they're not very good for posture either.
Posted 04 July 2012 - 03:04 PM
The key seems to be proper spinal support. without leaning back/laying down the only way to support your spine is to sit up straight. various chairs help spinal alignment(e.g. sitting up straight) including kneeling chairs, balls, and other chairs. all this said, it requires effort on the part of the individual.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 05:10 PM
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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:12 AM
Posted 06 July 2012 - 10:53 AM
I sit in one of these at work... but I've always been a foot-sitter (as in, I always - ALWAYS - curl one foot underneath me). Years upon years of foot sitting have slowly but surely pushed my tailbone off to the side (I tend to favor sitting on my right foot which pushes my tailbone toward the left side). I now have a monthly trip to the chiropractor to push it back into place. And I rarely take breaks - one or two trips to the bathroom, ocassionally I'll go out to lunch, but mostly I just sit and sit and sit for 8 solid hours - there's too much to do... no time to get up and exercise during the workday.
When I use the computer at home (which isn't horribly often - I prefer to do things when I'm home), I sit on a kitchen chair and slump over the laptop. My posture friggin sucks.
So, my chiropractor recommended a ball to (1) force me to use better posture and (2) strengthen my core muscles to help hold my tailbone in place. I have a ball at home and a ball in the office. I can prolong a chiropractic visit indefinitely by actually using them - no pain means no doctor, right? But I get lazy/tired/busy/frustrated and go back to my chair, and my foot (as a kid, my mother would yell at me, "Stop sitting around with your foot up your ass!"), and my slouch.
I've been pondering the whole standing desk concept though.... possibly even a treadmill desk.... wonder if the boss would go for it?
Posted 09 July 2012 - 05:43 AM
I usually force myself to go for a short 5 minute walk around the building every hour, then every 4 hours I use my 15 min break and walk outside. I've looked at the standing desk thing, but there is no way I could take being on my feet for 10 hours a day.
Posted 09 July 2012 - 07:04 AM
That sounds like fun, actually.
Have you considered taking up cigarettes? The smokers in my building are always going outside for walks...
Posted 09 July 2012 - 10:56 AM
Posted 09 July 2012 - 11:03 AM
Posted 09 July 2012 - 11:16 AM
I have a friend who would take "smoke breaks" and go out on the loading dock and read for ten minutes. Same reasoning.
In clement weather, I have one co-worker who is happy to take our meetings walking - we're down by the water, so we can get a nice breeze, and half an hour's walk is a great break.
This doesn't always work, of course - document reviews are hard to do that way - but it's amazing how much you can get done this way.
Posted 09 July 2012 - 06:02 PM