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Is it better to sit on the floor or a chair?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 18, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Is it healthier to sit on the floor compared to a chair?

I imagine there's not many trials testing this so speculative answers are OK.

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on August 18, 2011
at 11:42 PM

The springs are most likely still good...it is the comfort layers that are the problem http://www.savvyrest.com/mattress-industry-today/mattress-morgue some people are doing mattress surgeries http://www.whatsthebest-mattress.com/forum/highlighted-threads/9277-0-1.html

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on August 18, 2011
at 08:53 PM

I have been thinking about sleeping on the floor. My bed is making my back hurt, and I think its because its too soft. Now, if I could just convince my bedmate that the floor is better.... Hm.... Ideas? lol

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on August 18, 2011
at 06:57 PM

I would sit as little as possible, and stand instead.

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on August 18, 2011
at 05:53 PM

Probably the best, and done all over the non-Western world, is squatting. I can't get my body to do this yet, but I have ambitions. http://blip.tv/this-week-in-youtube/md021-lower-back-101-yoga-squatting-539287

And the classic "Asian Squat" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y76UbfBr5vo

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on August 18, 2011
at 06:51 PM

I do the 'third world squat' and kneeling (like in martial arts class) I try not to sit at all. I also started sleeping on the floor, very good nights sleep now.

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on August 18, 2011
at 11:42 PM

The springs are most likely still good...it is the comfort layers that are the problem http://www.savvyrest.com/mattress-industry-today/mattress-morgue some people are doing mattress surgeries http://www.whatsthebest-mattress.com/forum/highlighted-threads/9277-0-1.html

Ccdf3fbcaec76e025ff94d03cc4daf9a

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on August 18, 2011
at 08:53 PM

I have been thinking about sleeping on the floor. My bed is making my back hurt, and I think its because its too soft. Now, if I could just convince my bedmate that the floor is better.... Hm.... Ideas? lol

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on August 18, 2011
at 06:20 PM

There was a study done which found a positive correlation between time spent sitting per day and risk of early death (regardless of exercise levels, which is the alarming part): http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39523298/ns/health-mens_health/t/why-your-desk-job-slowly-killing-you/

I think it's most natural to switch positions throughout the day - get a standing desk and stand for awhile, when you get tired sit for a little, then stand, etc.

I have a standing desk at home and love it. However, at my desk job I do sit all day and am working on a solution to that.

Edit: To answer the actual original question, I'm unaware of any specific studies saying one is better than the other. I'd hope you're not sitting so much that you need to choose between the two!

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on August 18, 2011
at 05:40 PM

I don't think sitting for long periods is particularly good for you no matter where you do it. Just like lying down isn't good for too long either (bed sores.. yuk). Though I might agree that sitting on the floor is better for you just because it would be less comfortable and thus you would tend to sit on it less. Also, lying on the floor up against a wall or couch is my favorite because I like to spread out the contact that I???m making with a surface, rather then place all my weight straight on my butt/spine. Overall, I think the more we can get up and move around the better. I say that as I???m pinned to my dang office chair for 9 hours a day. I need a standing desk in a big way!!

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