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Growing up, we were told to “sit up straight” — not because it’s better for our health, but because it looks more productive. As it turns out, sitting up straight (i.e. 90-degree angle at the pelvis) is actually harmful in the long run 5 Reasons Working With Computers Is Bad For You & How to Stay Healthy 5 Reasons Working With Computers Is Bad For You & How to Stay Healthy Working on the computer may sound like the most relaxed job in the world, but it's quite the contrary. It's very tough on your body, which is not used to this modern type of work.... Read More .

We’ve known this for a while — since 2006, actually — but people keep perpetuating bad facts. Isn’t it time to put these myths to an end? Stop sitting up straight! The proper angle is somewhere between 120 and 135 degrees, which looks like this:

sitting-up-proper-diagram

Other important sitting posture tips:

  • Lumbar support. The lower back area of the spine naturally has a slight inward curve. A chair with lumbar support helps maintain this natural curve and prevents unnecessary stress.
  • Support your feet. Ideally, your feet should rest flat on the floor, but if your legs aren’t long enough, try resting your feet flat on a footstool. This also reduces stress on your lower back.
  • Straight wrists. When typing, your wrists should hover such that your arm and your hand make a straight line. Bending your wrist in either direction can result in painful long-term wrist injuries 5 Dangerous Gaming Injuries And How To Avoid Them 5 Dangerous Gaming Injuries And How To Avoid Them Imagine that you can no longer grasp a can of soda without your wrist feeling like it wants to explode. That, my friend, is what that innocent-looking game console can do to you. I'm not... Read More .
  • No armrests. With the proper seat height, your elbows should rest by your sides at a 90-degree angle. Armrests aren’t necessary. Not only do they collide with desks (and encourage bad seat height) but leaning on armrests is bad for your shoulders and spine.

If you sit for long periods of time, it might be smarter to start using a standing desk Sleep Better & Improve Your Health By Changing How You Use Your Computer Sleep Better & Improve Your Health By Changing How You Use Your Computer Computer work must not be hard on your body. Simple changes that only cost you minutes each day can have a great impact. Here are some tools to help you out. Read More instead. And if you’re on a laptop, you should heed these posture tips when using laptops Don’t Break Your Back: 5 Tips For Using A Laptop In Comfort Don’t Break Your Back: 5 Tips For Using A Laptop In Comfort Laptops are small, light and portable. They are also, in a strange twist of fate, often far more uncomfortable than the bulky desktops they replace. Being forced to place the screen, touchpad and keyboard in... Read More .

Do you sit at a 135-degree angle? Know of any other posture tips that can help prevent pain and damage? Share your experiences with us in the comments!

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