Apparently, my previous chair didn't require my body to do actively hold itself up, and the fact that I could feel a twinge in my muscles proved that they had been ‘active’ throughout that day.
As the week progressed, I adjusted to the kneeling chair and found it to be a comfortable and engaging office solution. The position the kneeling chair made me sit in actually made me feel much more engaged with my work – I felt ‘awake’ and more focused than I normally do (don’t tell my boss!).
Any initial discomfort was caused simply by the initial swap, and as I grew more accustomed to the kneeling chair I felt much more comfortable. I did sometimes catch myself enviously glancing at my colleagues in their high-backed chairs, but realised that they were all slouching or hunched over their desks – and I wasn't!
I'm a fan. I actually still continue to use the kneeling chair, although I admit I tend to swap back to my old chair some afternoons. What can I say? Sometimes I WANT to slouch!
If you’re thinking of trying an alternative seating solution, I would recommend trying a kneeling chair.
2021 Update On Using a Kneeling Chair
2020 has been a strange year. With lockdowns in place across the entire country, and for a large portion of 2021 also, many of us have been working from home for quite some time. So much so that parts of our home have turned into make-shift offices. Since I was going to be working from home for the foreseeable future, I decided to really put some thought into my office furniture arrangement.
While I have enjoyed using kneeling chairs in the past, I wanted to move to something with a little more flexibility. With this in mind, I opted to use an electric standing desk along with an ergonomic office chair. This combination has worked wonders for me here at home as I navigate this lockdown period. I'm able to enjoy the best of both worlds as I'm easily able to interchange between standing and sitting at a press of a button.
I enjoyed my standing desk so much that I wrote an article about them; 8 Incredible Benefits of Standing Desks.
I have been using my standing desk for the better part of 6 months and I can feel tremendous benefits just by opting to stand for at least 2-3 hours of my working day. My productivity has improved, my energy levels have increased, and I can even feel an improvement in my posture.
Once we all return to our normal offices, I will be sure to ask my boss to install a brand new standing desk for me so I can continue to reap the benefits.