Dr Scott Bevz
Over the past 50 years there has been a shift in the way we use our bodies. We're working smarter, not harder - especially as adults. Our children are encouraged to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle while going through school but for most of us, when high school ends, so too do our sporting pursuits.
By the time we've sat down to eat, driven to work, sat down at work all day and sat down some more to watch Netflix, we can be sitting down for just about every waking moment of our adult life! This shift in the way we use our bodies has led to an increase in sitting-related musculo-skeletal conditions. Furthermore, studies have suggested that prolonged sitting is a risk factor for obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, even if we exercise. So what can we do?
This is a question that pops up almost everyday - how should I be sitting at work? What is the ideal work posture? After reviewing the literature, and having our lovely receptionist Catherine snap some photos, I can safely say that I am not leading by example.
Looking at the photos above, we can see that either my stool is too high or my desk is too low. So I pinched the receptionists chair for a much more comfortable set-up, which can be seen in the photo below.
Work Desk Posture: