The answer is your next posture! A number of studies undertaken to find the perfect posture reveal that how you sit or stand is miles less important than how often you change position. No one position has been linked to increased pain or days off work
So Mrs McK my old teacher who told me that if I slumped I would end up in a wheelchair – my gut instincts were right you were talking rubbish!- I would also like to point out that now that I do a lot of ergonomic assessments I was also correct about the chair being too small for me and THAT was why I slumped!! (Not that I am one to hold a grudge for 25 years 😊)
Common sense tells us that sitting in awkward positions for long periods of time is bad for us, but it would be healthy if we all stopped worrying about this as much.
Where this all goes wrong is when we go to work and sit in the way that the chair/desk/PC has been laid out for us rather than sit how we do watching TV at home. Most people find that sitting in a chair which provides support through our spine in a slightly reclined rather than upright angle is more comfortable. This is why we lounge into the couch when watching Dancing on Ice on a Saturday night (note to self should have lied and said while out at fancy restaurant/pub!).
When you go back to work, or even better if you are at work just now. GET UP AND GO FOR A WALK. Try having a bit of a stretch in the chair or do a hula hoop on the desk.
When you finally sit down after all of that then adjust your chair so that it is comfortable, your feet are flat on the floor, your spine is rested against the backrest and your elbow is at desk height.
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Only then should you pull it into your desk, move your mouse and keyboard close to you at elbow distance, and then adjust your screen to a natural height without leaning forward or angling your head-up. That should do the trick and then finally set an alarm for 30-45 minutes so that you can get up and do it all over again!
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