There is no such thing as the perfect position for working at a desk, despite what the posture experts are telling us!
If your foot, knee or hip is always at a 90 degree angle and is rarely exposed to other configurations, then you will lose mobility at the joints with stiffness and, eventually, you will suffer pain. The same goes for shoulders, elbows, wrists and fingers, and your back and neck too.
To stay nimble and strong, go for a dynamic workstation where your joints visit a wide variety of angles throughout the day.
In case you think a treadmill desk is the answer (I used to - photo evidence above!), you might want to consider the following:
If the bulk of your day is spent in a sitting position (at a desk, in transport, eating, relaxing, cycling or rowing), your body will retain that shape, including in your bed at night!
Now for a healthier indoor alternative:
Alternating between sitting, squatting supported, standing (ideally with something (tennis ball, reflexology mat) under your bare feet to give your joints (33 in each foot!) something to do and prevent your feet from going purple or your legs from swelling up!) or even lying down with your legs up on couch - great for watching or reading, not so great for typing!
Learn how to undo the damage inflicted on your body by years of sedentary behaviour.*
Recent feedback from a client to end this post on a high: "I find that sitting in your typical chair position for longer than 30 min aggravates my lower back and I end up in a lot of pain. So with the lovely Isabelle Brough‘s help, I found a way to change my sitting at work. Elevate the legs so it’s in a squat position ( I had a coffee table underneath my desk) . Having the table gave me lots of options to change my sitting position; cross legged, squats, one leg squat, sole to sole sitting. And what did I get I return? Pain free back and movement while sitting at the same time. If you’re having to work at a desk, it is VERY possible to move while working. You don’t have to adopt a 90 degree chair position (that’s what contributes to a lot of ache and pain in the body). "
*To find out how, visit the Virtual Treatment Room
At the age of 6, I wanted to be a teacher; age 12, a writer. Age 18, I wanted to "help people". My love of words and language led me to working as a translator for most of my life, probably one of the most sedentary jobs I could go for!