In Praise Of Kneeling Chairs.
This 25(+)-year kneeling chair may not have saved my life,
but, it sure saved my back.
Without it I would have been a bent over, drug-popping cripple by now.
Today I finally put it out of its misery and got a new kneeling chair!
I have been using kneeling chairs for nearly 30-years. I am sure glad I got hooked on them that far back. IF NOT for them my back would be spaghetti by now. But, thanks to my kneeling chairs I have pretty decent back muscles, back strength and posture.
That is the beauty of kneeling chairs. It forces you to brace yourself, while seated, using your back muscles. Nothing else. The only thing that keeps you upright or semi-upright are your back muscles.
I was lucky, I started young (or at least before it was too late). Can’t deny it; I did not discover kneeling chairs until I was in my 30s. But, in my 30s I was super fit! So, using a kneeling chair was no issue. I had a lot of muscles in very good working order.
I have been wracking my brain to remember how I stumbled upon kneeling chairs. I think (but I can’t be sure) that I saw someone (and it might have been the legendary Lyman Chapin of ISO OSI fame) using one at Data General (where I worked briefly in the late 1980s). I immediately saw the benefits. I got one shortly afterwards.
The one I retired today, I have had (and used ‘daily’) for over 25-years!
At a minimum I have written 20 books, 200 published articles and 20,000 blog posts while seated on it!
Yes, I have spent a LOT of time seated on it and it bears the scars — as do I! Yes, I have calluses on my legs from kneeling on this chair. Yes, that is duct-tape! I hated to get rid of it. It and I had quite literally bonded together. But, it was beginning to hurt.
So, today I got a new one with cushions 3x as thick! It feels different, but it is sure comfortable.
The real point of this post was to tell YOU to consider using a kneeling chair. It is so, so, so good for your back.
Think about it. They don’t have to be expensive. The one that I bought, from Amazon, was $60.
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