Sitting: latest addition to the list of things that are OMG BAD for you. So I wondered, what about kneeling?
I'm sure most of the hivemind has heard of the study that came out not too long ago which pronounced that sitting down was going to kill us all no matter how many hours we spend running or lifting weights. (For those of you not yet enlightened read here here
for a sampling).
Yes, I know, correlation does not equal causality. Yes, I know, we're all going to get cancer from our cell phones/food/pet rocks ... but my attitude on the sitting thing is sort of like my attitude on blueberries. Blueberries might not be the super cancer-preventing food they were touted as a few years ago, but I eat them because they are delicious and they can't hurt right?
I'm a grad student, I have to sit and read all the dang time. I literally just bought a new "regular" desk, and while it was IKEA it was still money that I can't really afford to shell out again for a new standing desk (not even a jury-rigged kind using file-cabinets like this
. File cabinets are expensive). So in-lieu of standing I thought, "hmm, what about kneeling? Is it better for you? Is there something about your butt touching a surface that is worse than your knees touching a surface?" Google-fu failed me, I can't find an answer on this one anywhere.
I took a cushion off the couch and am kneeling on it at my desk, it seems to work pretty well but if it isn't actually "better" for me I might as well go back to sitting in my chair and awaiting my untimely end.