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Sitting Ergonomics

Sitting at a desk for a long time causes massive pain to our bodies. We must attack this pain with a balanced approach from different angles.

Learn basic tips of a healthy sitting lifestyle in: Posture, Hydration, Nutrition, Breathing, Body Awareness, Self Healing, and Sleep Quality.

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Kyani Triangle of Health

Without question, the best vitamin for computer users is the Kyäni Triangle of Health.

Why do computer users need vitamins more than anyone else?

Because we sit at a computer desk for multiple hours in a row. Holding our muscles and tendons in the same position for hours at a time decreases our blood circulation. Decreased blood circulation means that nutrient and vitamin flow to our tendons and muscle tissues is also decreased tremendously. All this causes our muscles to become tight and dehydrated quicker. When that happens, our posture deteriorates at a rapid rate.

When sitting at a computer desk, holding certain muscles tightly in the same position for long periods of time does a lot of damage to your body. It doesn’t matter if your posture is good or bad. You’re going to cause dysfunction between your muscles, tendons, and skeletal alignment.

We can practice good posture, eat “healthy”, drink water, and exercise all we want. But, nothing will give us the nutrients we need like all-natural, high-quality vitamins.

Why is the Kyäni Triangle of Health the best vitamin for computer users? [click to continue…]

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Computer Ergonomics

This goes out to those of you who take massive action. You research the next step that’ll make your life better, less painful, and more productive. You decide which advice is valuable to you, then you put the process to work and stick to it.

To those who aren’t afraid of change. To those who face a problem and ask themselves “how can I change my actions/habits to get improved performance results?”

Sitting at a computer desk broke my body and caused the worst injuries I’ve ever had. Since 2012, I’ve gone through a powerful transformation of healing. I’ve experimented with dozens of new daily habits over the years.

If I had to start all over again, here are the first 3 steps I would take:

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Good Laptop Posture

Since I switched to a laptop from a desktop computer, my productivity has increased tremendously. But, working from a laptop greatly increases the risk of bad posture.

First, let’s cover what not to do. Looking down at a laptop screen causes terrible posture issues with our necks (see PICTURE 1 below). We may not notice it for years. But it’s definitely doing a number on us. The muscles in the front of your neck will compress and shorten. The muscles on the back of your neck will overextend and lengthen. [click to continue…]

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How to Sit at a Computer Desk with Good Posture

My free training webinars are back y’all. In my new 1-hour online webinars, I’ll talk about 3 essential components of my Sitting Ergonomics Formula.

Click here to watch a 2 minute video about my training webinars

The 3 components covered in this training are the first steps to creating a healthy, efficient sitting lifestyle for yourself. They are Hydration, Posture, and Nutrition.

You may think, “What does hydration and nutrition have to do with posture?” Everything, actually. They are both directly related to how good your computer posture is (or isn’t).

I’ll show you how they’re directly related in my training webinar. [click to continue…]

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Why Office Chair Armrests Don't Work For Me

The standard American desk chair is way too big for 90% of us. It’s designed for someone who is 7’3″ tall with a 46″ waist and a very wide shoulder frame. I’m nowhere near that big, but I’m not small either. I’m 6’2″ tall with a 34″ waist, and the average chair is even way too big for me.

We won’t get into redesigning chairs today, although it’s on my list in the future.

Today, we’ll just stick to one variable of the problem: 90% of office chair armrests are destructive to our bodies. [click to continue…]

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4 rookie mistakes

Sitting at a computer desk full-time caused the worst nagging injury I’ve ever had. However, many rookie mistakes were also contributing factors.

Learn the easy way from me. Don’t sleep on these 4 rookie mistakes:

Rookie mistake #1: Excessive reps lifting weights in the gym. As athletes, we’ve all been guilty of it at one point or another. Thinking we had such an “awesome workout” because we’re “so sore” the day afterwards. If you’re so sore that it hurts to walk, or go up/down stairs, you’re not fueling your body properly (see rookie mistake #2). [click to continue…]

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What is a repetitive strain injury?

re·pet·i·tive strain in·ju·ry – a condition in which the prolonged performance of repetitive actions, causes pain or impairment of function in the tendons and muscles involved (definition credit: Google)

Many people talk about how sitting for long periods of time causes many different injuries (heart problems, joint pain, weight gain, skeletal alignment issues, etc etc). However, notice how the above definition for repetitive strain injury only contains 2 body parts: tendons and muscles. When it comes down to it, the health of our muscles and tendons is where we need to put our ergonomic focus.

When I say improve the “health” of our muscles and tendons, this doesn’t mean go crazy in the gym. [click to continue…]

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What are ergonomics?

er·go·nom·ics – the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment (definition credit: Google)

Ergonomics are much more than just posture. Posture is just the position of a person’s body. In our case, the position we’re in while we are sitting for a prolonged period of time.

It’s not as simple as just “sitting up straight”. Posture is only one variable of ergonomics. My Sitting Ergonomics Formula is made up of 7 different variables (or subtopics). [click to continue…]

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Dear desk jockeys,

Dear desk jockeys,

We sit at a computer desk 40+ hours per week. The human body wasn’t designed to do that. It actually wasn’t designed to be in ANY one (same) position that long. It’s only going to cause massive pain and dysfunction in our bodies. 

As desk jockeys, it’s not our fault. But, it IS our responsibility to adapt, change, and heal.

Many years ago, it was a fascinating new concept to sit at a computer desk and make a living. People realized they could pay for a house, cars, all their bills while not even getting out of their chair. They realized they hardly had to move at work any more. Work was going to be great and life was going to change tremendously. They were right about one of those. [click to continue…]

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kyani progress report

We don’t have the right to sit at a computer desk 40+ hours per week and not suffer the consequences (physical pain and lack of mental clarity). However, YOU DO control HOW MUCH sitting destroys your body and mind. You just need to make small changes to your daily life, which will lead to massive results over time.

I’m a former desk jockey with an obsessive passion for healing my repetitive strain and overuse injuries (caused by sitting at a computer desk). Recently, my new favorite habit is taking a high-quality, non-GMO, all-natural vitamin. My vitamin of choice is made by a company called Kyäni. The specific products I take are called the Kyäni Triangle of Health. [click to continue…]

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Good Computer Desk Posture

I like to simplify good computer desk posture into 4 separate actions:

  1. Sitting in a desk chair
  2. Looking at a monitor
  3. Typing on a keyboard
  4. Using a mouse

We can’t just keep using the huge umbrella term of “bad posture” when we describe our pain from sitting at a computer desk. There are so many variables and so many things to correct. We need to dissect it into those 4 smaller actions so it can be understood more easily.

I’ll get into all 4 of them in the near future, but today I want to keep it simple and focus on the single most important element of good computer desk posture. [click to continue…]

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Vitamins have become a huge force multiplier in my Sitting Ergonomics Formula. Everything I write about relates directly to a person’s efficiency while sitting at a computer desk. High-quality vitamins are no exception. They’re the perfect compliment to good hydration, nutrition, posture, and exercise habits.

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But don’t waste your time or money on a lower quality, multivitamin hard pill (my honest opinion). I didn’t notice any results whatsoever when I tried them (a few different brands that I won’t bother to mention).

Plus, my website is typically for super-efficient overachievers anyway. Readers who are addicted to high human performance. Passionate and obsessive about living a healthy sedentary lifestyle.  [click to continue…]

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Kyani Vitamins

Congratulations! You’ve just taken a huge step towards improving your sedentary health, simply by reading this article. I’m passionate about Kyäni Vitamins and truly believe they are a crucial force multiplier in your battle against repetitive strain and overuse injuries (caused by sitting at a computer desk for a living).

My high-quality vitamin solution of choice is the Kyäni Triangle of Health. Basically, it’s a 3 product vitamin system that synergistically works together to provide optimal health and massive benefits. All of Kyäni’s products are all-natural, non-GMO, and very high-quality.

When we sit at a computer desk for long periods of time, we repetitively strain and constantly overuse the same muscles. By doing that, we are depleting those muscles of vital nutrients that we get through foods, water, sunlight, oxygen, etc. That said, as desk jockeys we’re up against a huge disadvantage in the battle to be nutritionally sound. We could read articles about different tips and cheats all day, but Kyäni is my favorite physical force multiplier to help us through our journey against repetitive muscle strain and overuse. [click to continue…]

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How to Improve Computer Posture

“Sit up straight.” Or, “use good posture.”

We’ve heard things like this a million times before. But what do they really mean? How do you really do it? And what are the specific cues? In an easy to remember way…

It’s not as simple as just “sitting up straight”. It’s actually a very intense process. The human body is the most complex body of work ever created. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t simplify the sitting process as much as possible.
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Decrease head and neck tension.

Headaches and neck tension have caused me major pain throughout my career of sitting at a computer desk. This technique only takes me 15 minutes. I’ve gotten amazing results from it and I’ve only done it a handful of times. Obviously, I can’t guarantee results. But, some of the benefits I’ve gotten since using this technique are: [click to continue…]

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Sitting Ergonomics

Welcome to my brand new website, SittingErgonomics.com (formerly known as HighSpeedHealth.com).

I recently spent 5 days in a row, locked in my house with my laptop, on a creative binge to create Sitting Ergonomics. I’m incredibly proud of the website’s design and content. I’m charged up about the future and this quick article will tell ya about it.

Thanks for joining me on this journey. I respect your inbox and promise to only email you crucial content that’ll improve your quality of life. That is, if you’re on my email list. If you’re not on my list, sign up to get my free updates here or at SittingErgonomics.com/newsletter. [click to continue…]

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Improve your posture by breathing more effectively.

The way we breathe plays a huge part in how good (or bad) our posture is (all the time, 24/7). It doesn’t matter if we’re sitting, standing, moving, running, or even laying down. The technique in this article will help you improve both your breathing efficiency and your posture.

Incorporating these effective breathing strategies into your everyday habits will not be easy, but it’s very attainable.  Anything’s possible, especially this. Especially if you want to be successful in this battle against stubborn, chronic repetitive strain injuries.

Stick with this technique and it will eventually become second nature.  Once it does, the way you breathe will be one of the most effective force multipliers in building a strong abdomen and improving your posture. This will eventually become a habit for you and you won’t have to remember to do it. Since you breathe 24 hours a day, imagine strengthening your core and maintaining your posture with every breath you take.  Not just when you’re in the gym. [click to continue…]

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How much water do I need to drink per day?

The amount of water you drink (or don’t drink) is directly connected to the extent of your repetitive strain injuries caused by sitting at a desk. When you’re dehydrated, your muscles tense up and tighten much more quickly, opposed to if you were hydrated properly.

“90% of people are actually chronically dehydrated.”

-Chris Powell, ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss

It used to be a rule of thumb to drink 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water per day (64 ounces total).  I think that was a myth. Or at least a misconception of society.  64 ounces is a lot better than nothing.  However, athletes (and desk jockeys) should drink more than that in my opinion.

Nowadays, other recommendations (not from me) have skyrocketed in ounces.  Some people recommend drinking 1 ounce of water for every 1.5 pounds of their body weight.  To figure this out, you would take your body weight and divide it by 1.5.  For example, I weigh 180 pounds.  So, I’d drink about 120 ounces of water per day.  That’s a huge difference compared to the old rule of thumb’s total 64 ounces.

Drinking 120 ounces is too much for me on a cool rest day.  And it’s definitely too much for me during these Winter months.  I find myself much more in line with the 3rd and final recommendation.  Which is…. [click to continue…]

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