Tuesday, January 6, 2015

What’s your Ideal Sitting Surface?

How often do you sit? As in really sit – where your weight is down and you’re off your feet. Is it most of the day? In between work sessions? Hardly at all? No matter the frequency, sitting offers a way to rest the legs and readjust one’s weight pattern. 

But did you know how you sit – and what you sit upon – can also affect your habits? While it might not seem like a big change, the more one sits, the bigger adjustment these types of variables will have. For instance, sitting on a too-plush surface, which can cause back alignment issues. Or perching on something hard, such as a wooden bench, which can keep you alert, but at the cost of an uncomfortable rear.

When weighing all the options, however, what’s the best surface on which to sit? Personal comfort preferences aside, some materials have far more health benefits than others. Such as foams or sturdy cushions which cradle the rear without allowing it to sink and settle. Not only are these surfaces comfortable, they keep the spine straight. An aspect that increases back health, especially when used on a consistent basis. (And if your regular seat doesn’t offer these perks, opt for a portable cushion.)

In contrast, seats that are too firm can also jar bones and muscles. Creating excess or displaced weight, bringing on further back and rear problems. 

For the best health results possible, choose an in-between. A surface that’s not too hard, but not too soft. It’s the best way to ensure you’re seated in a way that will properly displace weight, while still being comfortable. You can also talk to your doctor about which materials offer the best options for any specific back issues, including pain.