You might want to stand up for this: There’s just a 4% chance that your chair is right for your body.
Dr. Scott Bautch, president of the American Chiropractic Association’s Occupational Health Council, says most manufactures make furniture for an average male — someone 5 foot 10 and 165 pounds. But just 4% of Americans are this size.
Because of this, Bautch told The Washington Post, most chairs are bad for your spine. “There’s a lot of furniture designed out there that isn’t good for backs,” he says.
So how do you ensure you’re sitting pretty? Follow these tips:
Maintain your curves: Your chair should support the natural curves in your neck, mid back and low back. If you don’t have an ergonomic chair, use a lumbar support or a rolled towel to maintain the arch of your back
Be shallow: Most chairs are too deep, forcing people to slouch. With your back against the chair’s back, your lap should be parallel to the ground and there should be a fist-size space between your knee and the chair’s lip
Be afraid of heights: When sitting, you want to take as much weight off your back as possible. Your feet should be flat on the floor, supporting weight, even with your back flush against the chair’s. If you can’t adjust your chair, buy a foot rest or rest your feet on a high, flat surface such as a phone book.