November 25, 2020

Sitting and Standing for Dummies!

I get a question all the time about sitting. How can I sit appropriately so my back doesn't hurt? How do I sit down to the chair without something going wrong for my knee or my back? How do I put it all together so that I can sit for a longer amount of time and not wreck my body?

So let's do it. Let's go over it. So you got your chair, what we want to make sure we do when we sit to the chair is we don't make our back or our joints do the work! We keep the work in the muscles. So the best and first way to do that is when I go to sit to the chair, I make sure that I'm getting my tailbone out behind my butt.

Most people, when they sit, are going to brace into their back, maybe even use their arms and... "Plop!" when they get close to the chair. Now that's not a good strategy because you can't trust every chair and it doesn't use your legs in a very powerful way. So what we're going to do instead is get our tailbone to go out behind our butt instead of staying under it.

We're going to get the tailbone to go out behind the butt and we're going to keep the pressure over our feet and see how I'm still I'm sitting on the chair, but I still have some pressure on my feet. That's a great way to know that my hips are being supported by my legs in a good alignment. So as I do my computer work, if I just keep a little pressure on my feet, I can stay upright.

I can do my thing, and I'm not going to drift into bad posture and alignment, which puts stress on these low back discs. So what does that bad posture and limit normally look like that tailbone again, he's our little, our little key for knowing where we're at. If that tailbone drifts under my butt. Then I ended up slouching into my low back "slouch equals ouch".

Don't do it. Don't let yourself do it. It's lazy. It's not going to help you. Long-term, keep some pressure on your feet. That's going to keep that tailbone out behind you, just slightly. And so we're going to be sitting more upright. Okay. So we covered sitting to a chair. We covered when we're in the chair, how do we sit?

We keep a little bit of tone in our legs. Now standing from a chair. A lot of people end up doing the same thing they do when they sit down, they lean and roll forward, they push off and do all this stuff, standing with their arms, a little bit of legs, but primarily their back.

So what we want to do when we're standing from a chair, because we going to start in our good alignment,  Tailbone is a little bit behind us, some pressure in our feet... A good way to start it is by doing a little roll back and lift your feet. Okay. So as I come back into my feet, instead of thinking of standing by just bringing my body up, I want to think of standing by pushing the floor down. Okay. So we're going to go lift, push the floor.

So, what that's going to do is engage everybody. Quads, hammies, glutes to do their jobs in proportion with each other the way they're meant to do it. So if that was helpful, okay.

If that was the first time anybody's ever told you a great way to sit there, it's healthier for your body and healthier for your joints and your muscles and your back and all that, those two different types of things.

If this is the first time, then please share this with other people who have never been taught how to sit or stand or, maintain a sitting position appropriately. Yes, it would be really exciting to, make posture and, and these really, really simple things that nobody's ever been taught go viral. So if any of this spurred a conversation in you about," huh, that doesn't feel natural to my body, I should probably do some work to help that feel natural."

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