Between a lifetime of aching knees, plus injuring my left knee more seriously a couple of years ago, I suffer the occasional knee pain, especially after spending time on the computer.
I reasoned the pain was because I mindlessly wrapped my feet around the chair wheels, creating a strain on the joints.
So, I DIY'd a standing desk.
It worked! There was still pain, but not as frequent nor as intense.
At the recommendation of a friend, I went to a kinesiologist. He did a couple of quick tests, then said, “You don’t have a knee problem but a back problem,” and set about fixing it.
When I asked what I can do to keep my back aligned, he said, “If you can, don’t sit, especially in a soft chair.”
Little did I know, I was not only one step ahead, but two.
Sitting is the new smoking.
1. Excessive sitting (consider computer + driving + meal times) is linked to muscular and skeletal issues, obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and even premature death (link and link).
2. Standing can reduce some of the risks.
3. Sitting will not have a strong effect if you are active. However, most of us are not active enough.
4. Sitting, but getting up frequently to move, compensates for the poor posture and inactivity. Set a timer to get a glass of water or to use the washroom (the one will cause the other and not getting up won't be an option