Ergonomics in Action: How are my Friends and I Sitting at our Desks?

Ergonomics in Action: How are my Friends and I Sitting at our Desks?

I'm a little bit of an odd duck at Oaklan'd Impact Hub shared workspace considering I use a laptop tray and separate keyboard, try to stand up, stretch and reset my spine every 15-20 minutes and periodically hold books on my heads as I type to align my spines and lengthen my vertebrae. Sometimes, I attract quite a lot of attention doing these "strange" things, which is really the least I can do to mediate the damaging effects of sitting long hours in chairs and staring at screens. Check out my friends and I putting our yoga in action at the computer screen.

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The Culture of Posture Blog Series #1: A Culture of Discomfort

The Culture of Posture Blog Series #1: A Culture of Discomfort

What laws of nature, our genetic code and our musculoskeletal structure are we systematically ignoring as a culture? How can we return to a friendly relationship with gravity, trading muscular tension and imbalance for enhanced energy and vitality? There are many populations around the world where human bodies function beautifully, without pain, until the day they die. Beginning around WWI, in industrialized societies like ours, preventable chronic and sporadic physical discomfort has evolved into an epidemic.

Just like language, how we sit, stand, walk and carry things are behaviors we learn by modeling, from our parents, friends, school and our environment. The musculoskeletal structure, however, is not really amenable to contemporary creative interpretation and you can only ignore universal laws for so long before you experience disk degenerating, muscular imbalance and physical discomfort, which we are now experiencing in epic proportion. There is hope for us and you are being called to be a leader in this cultural movement. Read on...

 

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