How to Sit & Stand Properly

Save

Most people do not pay attention to their posture, but how you stand and sit positively or negatively affects your body, inside and out. Poor posture can lead to neck, back, joint and muscle pain, as well as curvature of the spine. Good posture exudes confidence and garners others' respect. Sitting and standing seems easy to correct, but it will not happen overnight; making good posture automatic requires diligence.

Poor posture can lead to neck, back, joint and muscle pain, as well as curvature of the spine.
Poor posture can lead to neck, back, joint and muscle pain, as well as curvature of the spine. (Image: Chad Baker/Jason Reed/Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Proper Way to Sit

Step 1

Keep shoulders back and spine straight. If you must lean when you sit, lean slightly backwards, for leaning forward typically leads you to hunch.

Keep shoulders back and spine straight.
Keep shoulders back and spine straight. (Image: Viktor Čáp/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 2

Keep both feet flat on the floor, knees parallel with your hips. To make hips and knees parallel, you may need to adjust your seat if possible or position a footrest under your feet.

Keep both feet flat on the floor, knees parallel with your hips.
Keep both feet flat on the floor, knees parallel with your hips. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Step 3

Rest against the back of the chair when necessary. This will provide additional support for the lower back. Remember, maintain a straight spine even when a chair's back is providing support.

Rest against the back of the chair when necessary.
Rest against the back of the chair when necessary. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Sitting at an Office Desk

Step 1

Follow Steps 1, 2, and 3 in Section 1. Make sure the top of your computer screen is at eye level, and that the computer is between12 and 30 inches away from you.

Sitting at an Office Desk
Sitting at an Office Desk (Image: Erik Snyder/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Step 2

Maintain elbows at a 90-degree angle and do not place pressure on your elbows if there are arm rests on your chair.

Maintain elbows at a 90-degree angle.
Maintain elbows at a 90-degree angle. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Step 3

Keep oft-used objects within arms reach. This will keep you from twisting and turning in your seat, which can strain your spine and back muscles.

Keep oft-used objects within arms reach.
Keep oft-used objects within arms reach. (Image: Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Step 4

Type with wrists flat, elbows straight under your shoulders brushing your sides. This will reduce joint pain.

Type with wrists flat, elbows straight under your shoulders brushing your sides.
Type with wrists flat, elbows straight under your shoulders brushing your sides. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Step 5

Hold your neck straight. If you constantly talk on the phone, try using a headset. This will keep your neck straight, relieving strain and tension.

If you constantly talk on the phone, try using a headset.
If you constantly talk on the phone, try using a headset. (Image: Todd Warnock/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Standing Correctly

Step 1

Place feet shoulder width apart. Straighten legs, but no so much that you lock your knees.

Place feet shoulder width apart.
Place feet shoulder width apart. (Image: stanfram/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 2

Allow a small hollow in your back, but do not arch your back.

Allow a small hollow in your back, but do not arch your back.
Allow a small hollow in your back, but do not arch your back. (Image: Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

Step 3

Keep your tail bone tucked under you. It is not tucked if you push your buttocks outwards. A protruding backside also indicates that you are arching your back.

Step 4

Push your shoulders back, which will simultaneously lift your chest. Bring your chin level, as if a book were on your head, to decrease neck and jaw strain.

Push your shoulders back, which will simultaneously lift your chest.
Push your shoulders back, which will simultaneously lift your chest. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Related Searches

Tips & Warnings

  • Check your standing posture using the wall test. Place head, shoulders, and back against a wall and set your feet 5 or 6 inches in front of the wall. Suck in your lower abdominal muscles and push away from the wall. Try to maintain this body alignment.

References

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

Related Searches

Check It Out

This Is the Beauty Routine of a Yelp Sales Manager

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!