Are you sitting comfortably?

Nov 25 2008 by Derek Torres Print This Article

I'm a sucker for a good press release every now and then; after all, it's not often that you come across something that's actually worth buying.

More to the point, it's even less likely that you find something that might improve the quality of your workday. However, the folks at may be on to something that even the hard-to-please might find useful.

If you're like me, you spend far too much time sitting in front of a screen. Since there are very few scenarios that would actually change that (bad) habit, it's time to make the best of the situation.

While we have optometrists to help us keep our eyes healthy, most of us probably don't think about other health risks (besides obesity via inactivity) such as back aches, carpal tunnel, etc. Face it, how many of us are actually sat in a decent chair for the 8-10+ hours per day at the office? How many of us use ergonomically designed keyboards, writing utensils, etc?

In addition to such worries, let me also rant about the importance of remaining active, even when we have desk jobs! Getting up every now and then to stretch our arnms, legs, and back will help offset the lack of a good, ergonomic chair.

Of course, you'd be better off with a decent chair, but in today's economy you're not likely to get the boss to pay for one!

The folks are a good resource for finding out more about such important, but under-discussed, workplace issues. I don't wish to sound like an advert for the site, as that's not the point. The point is this: workplace exercise, including good posture when seated or even when typing, is critical to our health.