Everything they told you about ergonomics is wrong
“Consider that we’ve designed most of our chairs to put us into the same exact position: knees bent to 90 degrees, hips at 90 degrees, and our arms out front for reading, steering, typing, and eating.
Then, with a nod to well-meaning ergonomics, we fine-tune our chairs to get our bodies into the position that hurts the least, so we can work harder and sit longer.
While it’s true that special chairs and cushions, ergonomic keyboards, and strategically placed monitors can sometimes help you keep carpal tunnel syndrome and back aches at bay, the issues go far deeper than that.
Over time, some muscles are casted in a shortened, chronically tight position, others are cast too long to be able to do their job.
Even our cardiovascular system can suffer from being in one basic position for long periods.
Too much time in the same position, even ergonomically fine-tuned, keeps the skeleton rigid, in what amounts to a cast.
Sitting in the same configuration all day long creates overuse and stiffening in some parts of our arteries and veins, leading to premature aging, calcification, and varicose veins.
The lymphatic system also relies on rhythmical whole-body movement to function, and if we are still, it gets sluggish.
When we do finally stand up, our backs ache, we’re hunched over, and it takes quite a few steps before we are are standing tall and, hopefully, walking smoothly again.
Often, before that recovery can fully happen, we’re back to sitting once again.”
From Your Dynamic Office, Chapter 38 of Eat Well, Move Well, Live Well – 52 Ways to Feel Better in a Week, by Roland Denzel
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In my own career, I’ve fought off the onset of carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy, and plantar fasciitis, all while managing to keep my butt down long enough to write my books, training manuals, blog posts, and work my full-time job behind a keyboard.
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