A reader of mine posted this question to Facebook a few days ago. (He’s also my husband, y’all, and I did NOT put him up to this, surprisingly. What a cutie!)
Hello Mrs. Prime,
I have a question. I couldn’t think of anyone else better to ask, so it’s up to you to help me out here! I saw your post/picture on ‘optimal seated posture.’ Well, to be honest, I’m tired of sitting. I don’t have a fancy standing-optional desk. Is there any benefit to kneeling while working at my desk as a break from sitting? It feels pretty good to stretch out my hip flexors (…if that’s a thing). Thanks in advance!
Here is the picture I posted about optimal computer posture for anyone who missed it:
Dear a fan,
Nice thinking! Theoretically, giving the muscles a break from the position they are in for an extended time is a great idea! Realistically, it may not be beneficial to stay and work in this position.
Kneeling can feel like a nice break from sitting, but most people’s bodies won’t allow them to stay in proper kneeling position for too long, especially when they are focused on something else.
1. For people with tight hip flexors, keeping no crease in the hips for a long time can require a lot of glute action and become very tiring if you haven’t built strength there.
2. If the hips do crease, chances are the front hip bones will fall forward and the tail will reach backwards and up (called an anterior tilt). If the pelvis stays this way, you can get tight in the lower back. (See picture below; the one on the right is anteriorly tilted).
3. Depending on the height of your desk, you will probably have to raise the arms very high in order to type while on your knees. This will likely cause stress in the upper traps and other neck muscles.
What to do?! MOVE. I suggest to my clients that they stretch for even just three minutes every hour they spend at their computer. Some simple options:
Keep the questions coming!