What’s the best way to sit?

Leon Straker, Curtin University

Many people spend the majority of their waking hours sitting – at home, commuting and at work. 
Particularly when we’re sitting for long periods at a desk, there are a few things we should keep in mind.
How should we sit?
Many people think there is one “good” posture. But actually, there isn’t just one way of sitting. Different ways of sitting will place different physical stresses on our bodies, and variety is good.
To work out if a posture is “good” or not, we can assess it based on several things:
the amount of muscle activity required to hold the position (too much muscle activity could be a problem as it can result in fatigue if held continuously for a long period)

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