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Good ergonomics and how to sit well

You might have a great chair...but how do you get the best 'sit'?

When you get in to your car, do you adjust your rear-view mirror and settle into your driving position before you set off? Yep, we do too. Yet…

“60% of people sit for over 6 hours a day in a chair that doesn’t fit them properly”

… so 40% of people have a chair that does fit them? And, of those people, we know that a staggering 75% rarely or never adjust their chair!

Nearly all office chairs nowadays have some adjustment features on them. They are there to make you more comfortable by allowing subtle tweaks to the way your chair fits you. They are designed to be fiddled with and it’s very unlikely you’ll break them!

If it’s physically possible for a human to interact with an object, this technically makes it ergonomic. Labelling something ergonomic, however, doesn’t make it intuitive or user friendly. There’s an enormous gulf between ‘ergonomics’ and ‘good ergonomics’

Tips on sitting well:

Support your back

You can reduce your risk of back pain by adjusting your chair so your lower back is properly supported. A correctly adjusted chair will reduce the strain on your back. Get one that is easily adjustable so you can change the height, back position and tilt. Your knees should be slightly lower than your hips. Use a footrest, if it feels necessary.

Adjust your chair

Adjust your chair height so you can use the keyboard with your wrists and forearms straight and level with the floor. This can help prevent repetitive strain injuries. Your elbows should be by the side of your body so the arm forms an L-shape at the elbow joint.

Rest your feet on the floor

Place your feet flat on the floor. If they’re not, ask if you can have a footrest, which lets you rest your feet at a level that’s comfortable. Don’t cross your legs, as this may contribute to posture-related problems.

Take regular breaks

Don’t sit in the same position for long periods. Make sure you change your posture as often as is practicable.

Frequent short breaks are better for your back than fewer long ones. It gives the muscles a chance to relax while others take the strain.

Even if you have a super duper made-to-measure Adapt® chair, you are a complex machine, you grow and shrink a bit throughout the course of 24 hours so you will sit a little differently every day.

Please have a play with your chair and get to know it – You’ll be so glad you did! If you’re not sure “which lever does what” we’ve popped all of our user guides below