In our home, we go through office chairs way to often. Not necessarily because we have worn them out, though we have definitely done that, but because we just can’t find “the one”. You know, the one I’m talking about? The one that solves all your problems when it comes to sitting.
When I “try out” a chair at the store it seems so perfect but then after a week or so of using it I was still experiencing the same back pain I had with the past several chairs. Now I know there are some chairs out there that can adjust and cater all the settings to you and your body, but have you seen the price tag on them? Yikes! So in the meantime, it just sits on my “wish list”.
Last year I was really struggling and really getting sick of the daily back pain I would experience. So I was ready for an experiment. I had seen those treadmill desks…. No I’m not going to be walking on the treadmill while I am teaching, can you imagine? Ha! Ha!
While I don’t have a treadmill desk and have nowhere to put a treadmill desk I did have a laptop desk that I already used while I was teaching. So I simply raised it the highest setting and decided to stand instead of sit while I was teaching.
I started this last January so my experiment lasted through the first part of May (when my semester ended). Let me tell you, it made a HUGE difference! It did take a couple weeks for my body to adjust but eventually, my back ached much less than it had previously. Occasionally I will get tired of standing and will sit down for a moment but for the most part I am now standing. A side benefit to standing is that it also helps me stay more focused.
When I’m not teaching, I’m blogging or creating resources. So I’m at the computer a lot. While I am definitely more comfortable creating while sitting, there are times that I definitely need a standing break. So I will wheel over my laptop desk and place it right in front of my regular desk, place the keyboard on mouse on top and get back to work.
In addition, I try to remember to take a standing/walking break about every hour. My husband got me an Apple Watch for my birthday this summer and I love that it instantly sends me reminders for that especially when I’m in major creation mode. You can easily set alarms or download an app that might send you reminder notifications.
So tell me, do you sit or stand when you teach or a mix of both? Do you find that it helps one way or another? And have you found a “magic” chair that has been perfect for you but doesn’t cost an arm and leg? Please share!
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