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Alternative Ways to Sitting.

  • 31 January 2019
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Hello, it's been said that chair is evil because it can contribute to chronic pain issues. I'm interested in some alternative ways to sit and code. I've tried standing and that helps me but maybe not others. What do you think?

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Great question, @HanBellevue1! Here are some of the things I've tried:

  • Having an adjustable desk that I can raise and lower throughout the day, so I switch between standing and sitting (this can be expensive, of course, so it's not an option in most workplaces)
  • Working while walking – I've used a treadmill desk in a library a few times. I had to set the speed to very slow, otherwise I'd get too focused on my computer screen and fall over! Walking while reading/typing/focusing was not an ideal set-up for me.
  • Sitting on a ball chair – from a quick internet search it seems this is not advisable and I can say I found myself sitting on it in all the ways I was not supposed to, like cross-legged, because I didn't want to exercise my 'core muscles' while trying to concentrate – I just wanted to be comfortable!

What I'm doing now is following the pomodoro technique. This requires me to focus for 25 minutes then take a 5-minute break. After four focus sessions, I take a longer break of about 20-30 minutes. During my breaks I walk around, stretch, and practice learning German via Duolingo. I'm finding it is helping me be more productive because both my brain and my body have a chance to 'stretch.' (By the way, I learned about the pomodoro technique in the popular Coursera course Learning How to Learn.)

I look forward to hearing what others have tried and found effective. Thanks for starting this great topic!