The best way to sit at your desk at work



There’s a lot of false information about the proper posture you need to use when sitting at a desk. Cornell University ergonomics professor Dr Alan Hedge sets out why the 90˚ rule does more damage than good, and what the proper way to sit at your desk is.

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  1. this clip is WRONG, I induced lower back pain from sitting at an angle for too long! Now I sit straight (90 degree) with a proper back support, monitor at my eye level. Because if you sit at an angle, you are shifting your pelvis bone which eventually will pitch your lower back muscle and give you back pain (extreme numbness or pitching pain). Also by eye level with the monitor also takes away the straining you give to your neck and shoulders, no need to bend down to look. Trust me, I am a new person now since I have using this technique for over a year, no more pain, no more massage therapist, no more physiotherapist!

  2. Does this leaned back posture not cause stress on the neck? It seems like sitting like this would create the head forward position that laptop usage causes, which results in poor posture.

  3. The best way to sit is to stand up. I studied a lot and this is what I am doing now to maintain my health (I feel great now and I have a chronic disease) : I hacked my office, I got a trampoline, a home bicycle, some elastic bands and accessories.. a stand up desk (from time to time). and I use them every 30 minutes or so. When I sit I'm using a lumbar pillow (kebado – you can find it on amazon) but most of the pillows will do the trick. Many people think that going to gym is enough… but studies showed that we need stay active all day long.

  4. Ok but now your head is tilting downwards and your shoulders are slouching. For hours at a time, you don't want your elbows out in front of you, you want them lower and with your hands nearly on your lap. That is the most natural position for your body. Your screen should also be positioned rather high and go good distance away so that you lift your chin.
    Your legs are a different story, but the biggest issue you will see is a weak core and pelvic tilt from sitting at your desk without the core being activated ever.

  5. I'm not sure but ,if anyone else is searching for poor posture pain try Neck Mender Blueprint (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my cousin got amazing success with it.

  6. So what about the tilt mechanism on the seat of the chair? Shouldn't my upper legs be level & not inclined upward to promote circulation? If I tilt my chair back at the base my knees are then higher than my hips. Although this feels more comfortable on my back isn't it worse for circulation?

  7. Not true if you have Thoracic Kyphosis like I do…. I sat more "comfortably" for a long time and developed it because of being "comfortable" I now sit at 90 degrees to help cure my kyphosis.

  8. sorry , but I don't think that "to sit the way that you usually sit when driving a car" is a good analogy…. maybe some car sits are ergonomically made to sit correctly… unfortunately, not the ones I can afford…( or even test drive)….

  9. What about us that need files and binders infront of the keyboard, don't have the option to pull the screen closer nor the keyboard or the mouse, I have to streach for it. I get huge amount of tention in my shoulder.

  10. He failed to mention the most important thing that validates his theory. That is, you can't achieve what he is asking/advocating, without a keyboard tray. How foolish, to make this video, and not show how you can use a keyboard while working in the desired "open angle" at the hips (greater than 90 degrees). It requires a close and low keyboard position….and he doesn't provide that perspective….foolish to not point that out. No, I DON"T sell keyboard trays….

  11. Thank you! As a computer programmer, I have to sit for many hours a day. I would try to sit up straight, but my back muscles felt very stressed after some time.