Your chair is killing you - a better way to sit is to slump

Your chair is killing you - a better way to sit is to slump

Summary: There's a more "primal" way to sit...

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There's been a lot of research over the past couple of years about the life-shortening effects of sitting. Your chair really is trying to kill you, the more you sit the earlier you will die.

It might be best to avoid a stylishly comfortable Aeron chair and choose the most uncomfortable chair you can find so as to discourage prolonged sitting.

Part of the problem could be in the way we sit, our posture, and the posture we are taught from an early age to assume: straight back, shoulders back, etc, isn't a natural form.

Slumping, if it's done right, alleviates a lot of tension and allows the spinal column to do its job: redistribute stress and  support the body's organs to do the things they need to do.

Esther Gokhale, founder of the Esther Gokhale Wellness Center in Palo Alto, in the video above, shows how to assume a more natural "primal" posture. (Just published on Stanford University's video channel.) 

An Australian study of 8,800 people over a six year period found that for each hour spent sitting increased the risk of death from heart disease by one-fifth.

Is it because of a sedentary lifestyle? No.

A study that tracked more than 17,000 Canadians for more than 12 years found people who sat more had a higher death risk, independently of whether or not they exercised.

So maybe it is how you sit.

Your chair is trying to kill you... | ZDNet

Esther Gokhale's hunt for perfect posture - SFGate

Esther Gokhale … has pursued hundreds, even thousands of people around the world, mimicking their body alignment and walking style until her shadow matched theirs.

She has studied men and women in isolated African, Brazilian and Indian villages where back pain is virtually unknown, despite long hours spent harvesting, weaving, cooking and toting heavy loads….Over the years, she has become a "back whisperer" of sorts, winning over tech execs at Google and Cisco Systems, Stanford academics, working moms and medical doctors…

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  • Very Good Information

    n/t
    Ram U
  • humm

    EDITED INTO SEVERAL SECTIONS THANKS TO YOUR BROKEN PROFANITY FILTER.

    First of all, "it's more primal" is not always best - I'm not sure how we got this notion, but it seems to be gaining ground in some podcasts I've been listening to. Problem is, there's no real evidence that we always did things better then than we do now. Granted, we may be doing some things wrong these days, but one should keep in mind that appealing to our ancestors doesn't equate to scientific proof.
    CobraA1
    • BROKEN PROFANITY FILTER

      Second of all, "there's a connection!" is overhyped. It seems as if everything has a connection to everything if you watch the news long enough. Showing "a connection" is a far cry from scientific proof.
      CobraA1
  • BROKEN PROFANITY FILTER 2

    (Not to mention it's actually a logical fallacy known as "c.u.m h.o.c e.r.g.o p.r.o.p.t.e.r h.o.c" - "Correlation proves causation")

    And oh, yeah, the media's favorite trope "it takes years off your life!" - oh, please. That's actually absurd. Poor posture may cause more pain later in life, but I seriously doubt it actually affects your life span.

    Maybe they're right, maybe they're not - but repeating a few common media tropes is not really a convincing argument.

    Profanity filter not like latin??
    CobraA1
    • Hahahahaha

      It doesn't like English either!
      slickjim
  • But She Doesn't Actually Show How To Slump

    Sitting with your "behind behind" is just the best way to sit upright, you can't slump in that position. So where does the "slumping" come in?
    ldo17
  • Scary stuff!

    "An Australian study of 8,800 people over a six year period found that for each hour spent sitting increased the risk of death from heart disease by one-fifth."

    So if we sit for 5 hours, we're dead!
    radleym