Take a Seat
Article revised on 17 July 2017
Whether you’re working or relaxing, a poor seated posture can intensify certain discomforts. It doesn’t matter where you are – at work, at the table, on the bus – here are a few general recommendations to keep in mind.
- Keep your hips, knees and ankles slightly more than 90° (see diagram).
- Keep your ankles slightly in front of your knees.
- Keep your knees at the same level or slightly below your hips.
- Support your forearms if possible, and keep your elbows close to your body.
- Support your lower back by adjusting the back rest of your chair or using a small cushion.
- Keep your head aligned with your spine and your torso in an upright position.
- Keep your feet flat on the floor or on a foot rest.
- Avoid crossing your legs or alternate regularly.
- Keep your shoulders low and relaxed.
- Do not sit for more than 50 minutes at a time.
*Note: There is no universally recommended posture for sitting. Feel free to modify the angles proposed above, as desired.
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