How Should You Really Be Sitting at Your Desk?

How Should You Really Be Sitting at Your Desk?

Standing desks are great and all, but it’s really hard to stand all day. But if you haven’t invested in a high-tech horizontal desk just yet, it’s important to minimize your slump in a normal office chair, lest you end up permanently hunched from debilitating back pain.

Here’s what you should be looking for in an ergonomic chair, courtesy of the marketing agency Omnicore:

what you need office desk sitting

Ideally, you should be able to sit with your feet straight on the floor and your arms bent at a 90-degree angle. You shouldn’t have to bend your neck to see your computer monitor—it should be straight ahead, like so:

office seating pressure

Not every office set-up is going to allow for perfect posture. If you have a laptop, for instance, it’s essentially impossible to not look down at your screen, stretching your back muscles. And even in the most comfortable chair, you shouldn’t sit for eight hours straight. Maybe it’s time to try a sit-stand desk?

See the full infographic below for some back-saving tips for choosing a chair:

how to sit office chair full

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