Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Oh, my aching…

So the problem I've been having lately is that every time I sit anywhere for about 20 minutes or so—you know, like, here at my desk, for example—my right hip starts aching. I've been reading about how sitting is killing everyone and we're all apparently supposed to get up for a break every 20 minutes anyway, so I'm considering that this might just be a blessing in disguise.

I'm also considering that it might be the worst thing that ever happened to anyone ever.

It's driving me nuts, because my work requires concentration—and has deadlines—and unhealthy though it may be, it would be really nice to be able to sit and focus for three or four hours straight.

I've wondered if a standing desk is a solution, but whenever I rig something like that up, I find it even more difficult and irritating to work for long periods of time. So I'm thinking very seriously about a kneeling chair. Would that help? Does anyone have any experience using them?

The grumpy old lady on her photo shoot.


  1. Try sitting on a workout ball at your desk. (borrow one and see if it works for you). They have used these in elementary schools, it lets students "wiggle" and keeps them concentrating. Your body will be constantly moving a little to keep yourself balanced. it also helps strengthen your core.

    I didn't like the kneeling chair because forcing my knees into that position was uncomfortable. (But I have bad knees - and have had bad knees since I was a teen).

  2. I should have mentioned…I've tried that, and it doesn't work for me either. I find it really distracting.

  3. Maybe you could rent a kneeling chair and try it out. Or ask Aunt T what she did, since she is the one with the bad hip.