If You Must Sit, Sit Well

Updated: May 29, 2019

Considering the amount of seated desks versus standing desks or adjustable work surfaces we sell, it is likely the majority of us are sitting most of the day.

It's 2019–you're probably familiar with the health risks involved with a sedentary life and work style by now, so we won't re-hash out all of those references when you could simply do an internet search.

Besides forming good habits of giving yourself 10 minutes or so of physical movement every hour at work, it's a great idea to reduce your amount of sitting if your job is at a desk all day everyday.

Sitting down isn't all bad and it's necessary for many jobs, but when it lasts for 8 hours with little movement in that timeframe try a few techniques to help get you moving.

Tired woman sitting at desk
Standing may seem tiring, but long-term sitting can feel just as exhausting.

All that being said, what do you do when you are virtually left without sitting alternatives? Perhaps your office doesn't have a desk option that accommodates a standing format. What then?

At that point it comes down to the chair you're sitting in.

Take a look at your desk chair's seat really quick.

Does it seem to have a definitive squareness to the front where the inside of your knees rest? Or, do those top end edges taper/slope downward, forming more of a smooth curvature?

That smooth curve on the front of a chair–called a Waterfall Edge (imagine a waterfall effortlessly flowing over the edge of that seat)–isn't necessarily just an aesthetic design choice by the manufacturer but a significant health benefit to heavy-sitters.

Table and chairs
The more pronounced the edge of a chair, the less health beneficial it will be when sitting longterm.

If it's not a smooth curvature, then you definitely want to consider a Waterfall Edge seat for the following reasons:

1. Blood circulates more freely through your legs

2. Overall pressure on upper legs is lessened

3. Better knee support