Thursday, January 27, 2022

The Correct Way To Sit

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Monimoyee Chakrabarty
Just another random potato.

Nowadays, most jobs people have to require them to work their brain and merely consist of any physical labor. Students do not get the time to play because of the academic pressure. We spend most of our time sitting in a chair in front of the computer or an open book. This can be dangerous as studies have found that those who sit for 8-11 hours a day are more susceptible to diseases and may die younger than those who do not. Back pain becomes almost normal for these people. You are probably sitting and reading this right now. Sounds scary, right? But there is a solution to this! The way we sit is the solution itself. If one gets their posture right, they can avoid all the pain and diseases.

One needs to sit with their back and shoulder as straight as possible. Let the back of the chair support you by scooting your hips back as far as possible. Avoid slouching or hunching. While sitting in a lounge chair or a couch, keep your back straight and make sure your feet are flat on the floor. A footrest can be used.

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Get an easily adjustable chair. Sitting too low in the chair can strain your neck, so one needs to adjust the height of the seat of the chair. It should be as high as is required for your feet to stay flat on the floor. The back of the chair should not be straight; it should be angled backward to support your back. Armrests are not important, but they can be adjusted to give support to your shoulder.

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While keeping your feet flat on the floor is important, one should also distribute their body weight evenly on both hips. Avoid crossing your legs. Your knees should be kept even with your hips or slightly higher. One should not sit in the same position for more than 30 minutes.


You need to take short breaks every hour from sitting. Move around for a while; it also helps in breaking the monotony. One can also do a few exercises- shrugs, lunges, touching their toe, etc. 

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