how to sit properly at desk



Sitting for long periods can be uncomfortable and even painful. But it doesn't have to be that way! Proper posture is key to preventing back pain. Here's how to sit properly at your desk:

Keep your feet on the ground

You should always keep your feet on the ground and not cross them. Feet are the foundation of your body, so they need to be planted firmly on solid ground. If you feel like you’re floating above the ground, then it will be harder for your mind to stay focused and focused on one task at hand.

If there is no footrest available, sit down with a box or stool under your feet so they are flat against the floor. This will also help keep circulation flowing throughout your body at work as well as promote better posture in general!

If there isn't any way possible for me get my feet flat against something then I would use a foot rest instead because this doesn't require any extra items or space away from my desk (which can make things uncomfortable when working).

Don’t cross your legs

Don’t cross your legs.

Crossing your legs can cause back pain and circulation problems. It also puts extra strain on the muscles in your legs, which leads to varicose veins, muscle cramps and other ailments.

Elbows should be close to your body, and your forearms parallel to the ground.

When sitting at a desk, you want to keep your elbows close to your body and forearms parallel with the ground. This will help you maintain proper posture, which can help prevent back pain and other problems that come from poor sitting habits. To do this, keep your shoulders relaxed and try not to slouch forward or lean on your elbows too much.

Thighs should be parallel to the floor, with your knees below hip level.

  • Your thighs should be parallel to the floor, with your knees below hip level.

  • Your feet should be flat on the floor and spread comfortably apart for balance (about shoulder width).

  • Your back should be straight, but not too stiffly upright; you want to feel comfortable when sitting at your desk for long periods of time (a matter of personal preference). Some people like to lean back slightly in their chair; others prefer a rigid, straight-up position that feels more stable for them in terms of posture control and energy expenditure during long periods of sitting still without getting fatigued or sore from being hunched over all day long because they are not using good ergonomic practices like those outlined here!

4 . The chair height should allow for proper leg extension (extension refers here primarily to knee joint angle) while sitting down with your feet flat on t

Wrists and hands straight and in line with your forearms.

It's important to keep your wrists straight. The angle of your hands should be about 90 degrees, neither bent nor too far back. You can use a wrist rest to help with this if you need it.

The angle of your forearms should also be at about 90 degrees (straight) and not bent up or down at all.

Head up, chin in.

If you're sitting at a desk all day, there's a good chance that you've developed some sort of neck or shoulder pain. This is because when your head droops forward and your chin falls to your chest, pressure is placed on the tendons which can cause inflammation and pain (called "forward head posture").

To avoid this risk and keep yourself healthy, make sure that when you sit down, you keep your chin tucked in so that it's parallel to the floor. Do this by keeping an eye on the top of your computer screen and not looking down at a book or phone while working. It may take some getting used to since we're used to staring at things below us all day long but it'll save you from chronic shoulder pain later on!

Your back should be supported by the back of the chair.

  • Your back should be supported by the back of the chair.

  • The support should be firm, but not hard.

  • The support should be adjustable so that you can change it depending on your preferences and needs.

  • Lastly, it is important that your chair is comfortable enough to sit in for long periods of time without hurting you or making you uncomfortable.

Proper posture is key to prevent back pain.

You may be wondering: How do I know if my chair and desk are good? Well, the easiest way to tell is if you can sit for hours without feeling any pain or discomfort in your back. If not, it's time to get one of these things upgraded!

Proper posture is key to prevent back pain while sitting at a desk. Proper posture means not slouching in your chair so that your shoulders and head are aligned with the rest of your body. The best way to achieve this is by keeping an eye on what's called "neutral spine." This refers specifically to the natural curve of our spine (don't worry just because it has an unusual name doesn't mean you have to memorize its shape). Neutral spine will help ensure that your muscles remain balanced between being overly tense or too relaxed throughout a long day at work or school.


When you’re sitting at your desk, it can be easy to slouch and forget about posture. But the more you practice good posture, the more pain-free you’ll feel throughout the day. If you want to keep your back healthy, it’s important that we all take time every day to sit up straight!


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