I just read an article in the New York Daily News that cited a recent, rather small but provocative study that claims standing desks may lead to back pain.
Wait a minute.
Last I checked, sitting was the new smoking and standing desks were going to save us all from a myriad of health issues.
If you are confused, it would be completely understandable.
Continue reading “Prolonged Standing Should be Undertaken with Caution”
I had a very interesting discussion over e-mail this past week with a former student of mine.
It started with his e-mail asking for my thoughts on a new office chair from my Alexander Technique perspective.
I went to the website to check out this chair and see what all the fuss was about. It claimed Perfect Posture and Stronger Core Effortlessly!
Wow I thought.
The holy grail. Continue reading “#1 Move”
I frequently get asked for advice about chairs and in more recent years about desks—and in particular about the more recently popular standing desks.
For most of us we spend a lot of time using these two pieces of furniture and they can certainly exert a profound influence on our posture over time, if we are not paying attention.
Sitting disease is a term that has been coined in recent years to refer to the fact that our overly sedentary lifestyle may be linked to a myriad of our health issues—from back pain and heart disease, to type 2 diabetes and even certain types of cancer.
So, if sitting is the new smoking than by all means we must stand at work!
Well, maybe. Continue reading “To Stand or Not to Stand?”
Have you ever decided you wanted to improve your posture but quit because you just couldn’t remember to pay attention to it?
If so, you wouldn’t be the first, and definitely not the last.
Paying attention to your posture is the first step to improving your posture.
It is also probably the most difficult step.
But it may be that you just need to approach it in a different way. Continue reading “Pin It”
In my last post I wrote about one strategy for working on awareness—Two Questions.
If you commit to asking and answering these Two Questions on a regular basis each and every day you will begin to gather information about yourself. And you will begin to be more aware of your default way of doing things (AKA your habits of Posture and Use)
For example, when you repeatedly ask and answer the question What am I touching? you might begin to notice patterns in how you habitually distribute your weight when sitting and standing.
Be curious. Continue reading “What is Your Default?”