We understand that making the decision to invest in a new chair is an expensive one and something you likely want to mull over and shop around for, for a long time. Not to mention the fact that you’re likely considering taking the leap into the kneeling chair world- it’s a big decision to decide to invest in something you’ve never tried before or have any idea if it will work for you and suit your needs.
Don’t worry. We get it.
We want you to do your research that’s why we created this blog! Our goal is to provide you will all the information you need so you can feel educated and confident that you’re making an informed decision by the time you go to purchase.
But in the meantime… what do you about your aches and pains and bad posture? There’s clearly a reason you’re shopping for a new chair and looking into all of your options.
As usual, Sleekform has got your back.
We are big into preventative care and we want you to feel like you’re armed with everything you need to keep yourself healthy and comfortable.
We’ve compiled a list of some of our best tips and tricks for dealing with a less than desirable ergonomic set up. Even if you have a kneeling chair or an ergonomic space, you will eventually find yourself having to sit a space that will compromise the integrity of your posture.
1- Commit To The Right Angle.
If you can’t stand or use a kneeling chair you’re likely going to be sitting in a right angle chair because...well...that’s what we use in the world. Obviously it’s not always the chair’s fault, it’s often how we use it. To get the the most out of your regular chair maintain your thighs at a right angle to your calves with your feet planted in front of you. Keep your shoulders straight and squared (but not stiff, you’re not a statue and tension is NOT going to help with your pains), keep your head upright (not stuck out reaching to see whatever it is you’re looking it… you can probably bring it in closer to you),
Align your back with the back of the office chair. This will help you avoid slouching or leaning forward, which you may find yourself doing after sitting too long at your desk.
2- Press the Posture Refresh Button.
There are a couple of simple ways to get back to neutral if you find your getting hunchy or slumpy or achey through the day.
Put your hands under your sit bones while you are sitting on the floor. Make sure that your palms are facing down. Adjust your position until you can feel the weight centered on each of your palms. This is your optimal seated position.
Then take your arms and lift them up over your head and then let them fall down where they want to go. You should feel your upper back straighten out and if you’re lucky there will be a sensation of lightness between your neck and shoulders.
Better? We thought so.
3 Adjust your legs and keep your feet flat while sitting.
Your feet should be flat on the floor, facing forward- this is important for proprioceptive feedback from the soles of the feet. Basically that the sensors in the bottom of your feet that provide information about orientation of the body relative to the body's orientation with respect to gravity, movement of the body relative to the external medium and movements and forces in localized regions of the body.
Try and fight the urge to cross your legs and ankles- we know this is a tough one, but no one said breaking a habit was going to be a cake walk!
If your feet don't touch the floor, use a footrest if possible.
4- Adjust It Good.
If you’re on the computer for hours at time angle the monitor slightly upward so that it forces you to sit up. However, don't set it so high that you push your chin out to see it. You may need to move your chair up or down if you can't angle the monitor properly.
If you’re on a laptop all day either purchase a lap stand (we love the roost, it’s very portable) to bring your head up, or find a way to prop the lap top up. Whichever way you choose to prop it up we recommend that you also get a keyboard and trackpad so you don’t want wind getting scrunchie stiff shoulders.
5- Shake It Out.
We’ve said it before and now we’re saying it again. The next posture is the best posture.
Even if you're using perfect posture while sitting, you need to stand up and stretch or walk every hour or so. Even just walking around the room or getting out of your car for a few minutes can help.
If you get sucked into that work flow set an alarm to remind yourself to take a break. These breaks will help keep you focused and are also good for your health as your body needs movement throughout the day.
Take a break! You deserve it!
These are just some of our favourite ways to combat day to do day soreness and how we began our own process of breaking bad habits we formed over time.
Of course these tips can only do so much on their own.
We believe it is so important to invest in an ergonomic workspace, and to remember that not every ergonomic tool is going to be right for you.
We have a selection of chairs that each offer something different. Take a look at our shop page and do some reading- if you still have questions and aren’t sure what chair is perfect for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email.
We love to talk ergonomics and posture and we live for helping people find the best solution for themselves.