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Many of us are heading back to the office, either full-time, or in a hybrid model. And for those who aren’t, more often than not, we’re still sitting in a home office environment. Transitioning from one office to another has its perks and challenges – especially when it comes to something as simple as sitting in an office chair.

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When many started working from home, there were issues of setting up a home office that mirrored the ones they had left. Sometimes it was easy (many companies sent out proper equipment, including office chairs) – and many found themselves using everything from dining room tables to coffee tables to stools and even toilet seats in order to work from home.

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And now – we’re heading back. Apart from the emotional toll this can take, the body’s in for a few shocks as well. We turned to Rachel Mitchell, a registered kinesiologist, and a Canadian certified professional ergonomist (CCPE), as well as ergonomics manager at ERGO Inc., (a safety consulting and training firm; ergoconsulting.ca) as well as a member of Staples Canada Work from Anywhere advisory council (https://www.staples.ca/), and, in an exclusive interview with SUN Media, walked us through what it’s going to be like when we sit down again post-pandemic.

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Q: What’s the first thing to happen to your body when you switch office chairs (example: You’ve been working from home for two years, and now you’re going back to your old office and office furniture)

A: The body takes time to adapt to changes in posture, whether you are moving from a dining room chair to a proper ergonomic office chair, or between two different adjustable office chairs. You might find your sitting tolerance is lower when changing between any type of seating. Feeling uncomfortable or different are cues to remind yourself to adjust your chair correctly, and to get up and move around. We recommend that you get out of your chair at least once every hour, even if its just to pace around the office while on a phone call.

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Source: https://torontosun.com/health/diet-fitness/sitting-pretty-when-we-head-back-to-the-office-after-working-from-home

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