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A great article on how to perfect your home work setup so your back stops hurting so much!

Here's some great advice about active working as we work from home in these challenging times. Galen Cranz (one of the experts quoted in the article) was an early beta tester of our Soul Seat! 

Here's an excerpt, and click on the image below to read the full article: 

YOUR WORKSPACE IS NOT ONE PLACE TO WHICH YOU ARE TETHERED

Forget about your “home office.” That’s a vestige of corporate-assigned desks. You’re home, so you’re free! And your body is designed to move, so your goal is variety. “You want at least five or six postures in the course of your workday,” says Galen Cranz, a professor at the Berkeley School of Architecture and owner of Body Conscious Design consultancy. “If you want to crawl or lie on the floor, you can. You don’t have to worry about what anyone thinks. I find it sad that people aspire to office formality at home.”

She suggests rotating through these positions throughout the day:

  • Standing or pacing: Ideal for phone calls
  • Perching: This is your primary work position. “You should never sit in a conventional chair for more than 10 minutes if you can,” says Cranz. When you do, place a thick book at the back of the seat, so that your sit bones are higher than your knees. (If you have a bony backside, wrap the book in a towel.)
  • Cross-legged floor sitting: Perfect for reading. “In the long run you’ll have more flexible hips and might not need to have hip surgery,” says Cranz. Consider a meditation pillow or poof.
  • Kneeling or squatting: Convenient for listening to voicemails. Many Westerners can only hold these positions comfortably for a minute or two, and that’s fine.
  • Chaise lounging: Great for calls or reading or deep writing. Make sure to put a pillow under your knees to maintain the S-curve. You can DIY a chaise lounge with a cheap deck chair (the kind that bends at the knee) or a foam triangle on a couch.
  • Lying flat on your back: No one will ever know that you’re on your floor. It’s the best. Really. And particularly ideal for administrative calls or listening to audio content.
  • Hanging: Install an inexpensive pull-up bar in a doorway. Whenever you walk by, hang for a minute or so.