How to Sit

I’m sitting in a chair that is not exactly inspiring. Here at my spartan desk I have a chair that folds up for easy storage. It’s functional and reasonably comfortable, but certainly far from ideal aesthetically and ergonomically.

I’ve been brainstorming for how to improve my environment for a while, and a chair has come to be central to this. I try to be writing at my desk as frequently as possible and have it as the spot where vision is drawn to in my room. This means I really do want something beautiful and functional. I have a very minimalist approach, so it should also be elegantly simple.

My inner design geek has me drawn to some fashionable and weird pieces that are outside my budget and the practical nature of my want for a new chair. An abstract shape chair, box lamp stools, cardboard chairs, scrabble seats, an omni, and other seductive pieces have all caught my attention.

Jon at Zaads offers four practical options (or is it 3, considering my budget?) in “The Four Best Ways to Sit at Your Computer“. He’s recommending an exercise ball, a kneeling chair, the Lotus Position and a treadmill. As much as I like keeping active, that last one is a no go. So that leaves three options to consider.

Of those three, the kneeling chair seems the least appealing for me. It’s visually nice, but for comfort and avoiding slouching, it’s not so great, and avioding knee damage might be tough under long term use.

Everyone from my fitness conscious dad to the folks at Google are using exercise balls for chairs now. Word is that it’s great for posture and very comfortable. Getting one the right height is the key, it seems. The added benefit of having the ball to use in stretching and other exercises would be wonderful.

I’m working on conditioning my legs to sit comfortably in a Lotus Pose. For a while now I’ve been meaning to do some Padmasana preparation exercises recommended by Erich Schiffmann for a long while, and the notion of using the position in both my meditation and my time at my computer is very appealing.

Unless I find a better option, I’ll likely end up getting an exercise ball (black, of course) for the short term and work on the Lotus Pose, picking up a proper meditation cushion before long. I’d love to hear suggestions, though, so let me know what you’ve found to work well.

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  1. An exercise ball is an excellent chair, for your height you are probably looking at about $45.

    Kneeling chairs are actually a lot better than you think. Instead of encouraging slouching (as you imply) they actually prevent slouching. They also don't do any knee damage (if my physiotherapist suggested one with my knees they have to be okay!!) There are different types out there, and the best is one with an angle and shape of pad that puts zero pressure on your knees (the ones my PT recommended to me have pads on the shins instead of knees).

    I'm going to be replacing my exercise ball soon, so if you want to borrow it (even if it is a tad small for you) feel free!

  2. An exercise ball is an excellent chair, for your height you are probably looking at about $45.

    Kneeling chairs are actually a lot better than you think. Instead of encouraging slouching (as you imply) they actually prevent slouching. They also don't do any knee damage (if my physiotherapist suggested one with my knees they have to be okay!!) There are different types out there, and the best is one with an angle and shape of pad that puts zero pressure on your knees (the ones my PT recommended to me have pads on the shins instead of knees).

    I'm going to be replacing my exercise ball soon, so if you want to borrow it (even if it is a tad small for you) feel free!

  3. I'd hears a few bad reviews of kneeling chairs, mostly focusing on the points of stress and a lot of people experienced a tendency toward slouching. Even if they are more comfortable than others have been experiencing, I don't find them very appealing.

  4. Sorry, I just re-read my comment, and realised I sound very grumpy! 🙂 I didn't mean too!!!

    Exercise balls are very very cool.

    I want a kneeling chair for myself, but I already have a superfluity of chairs!

  5. I'd hears a few bad reviews of kneeling chairs, mostly focusing on the points of stress and a lot of people experienced a tendency toward slouching. Even if they are more comfortable than others have been experiencing, I don't find them very appealing.

  6. Sorry, I just re-read my comment, and realised I sound very grumpy! 🙂 I didn't mean too!!!

    Exercise balls are very very cool.

    I want a kneeling chair for myself, but I already have a superfluity of chairs!

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