How do you fix a bad chair posture?

Welcome to your guide to remedying poor chair posture. Believe us when we say it is never too late to improve.

You can turn around the proverbial boat of rounded shoulders and a hunched posture and stand erect, even if you've spent years sitting incorrectly.

Can you correct years of bad posture?

Many of us incorrectly presume that years spent slumped in our chairs have permanently misshaped our bodies, but we assure you that making improvements to your posture is entirely achievable. Yes, even if your shoulders are already rounded and your stance is hunched.

Understand that it's never too late to reverse course and adopt a healthier posture, much like you can always find ways to improve your health, fitness, or nutrition. Make a start today, and you may well find yourself standing taller tomorrow.

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How can I correct my sitting posture?

Correcting your sitting posture can be as easy or as difficult as you make it. It involves developing mindfulness of how you seat yourself and employing strategies that reinforce good habits over bad ones.

This may include using ergonomic furniture, which we offer in our Ergonomic Collection available in Australia. The aim should always be to keep your body aligned and comfortable to prevent stress or strain on any part of your body.

Making a habit of good posture:

  • Start by sitting at the back of the chair.
  • Align your back with the backrest, and allow it to follow the curve of the spine.
  • Make sure your feet are flat on the ground, with your hips and knees at a 90-degree angle.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed, not rounded or hunched.

How do I get in the habit of sitting up straight?

Building a new habit takes consistency and practice. Just like learning a new skill or language, the key is to repeat the desired action until it becomes second nature for your body. It's beneficial to routinely check in with your body throughout the day and adjust your posture as needed.

Consider setting regular reminders on your phone or computer to check your posture. Each time the reminder goes off, consciously correct your posture until maintaining a straight back becomes your default setting.

What is the correct posture for your back when sitting?

Understand that our spine naturally forms an 'S' shape. It works at its optimal best and remains strongest when in this neutral position. Aiding to uphold this 'S'-shaped structure is the task of the core muscles in your back and abdomen. They maintain a good posture while you're seated by keeping your back and pelvis in a neutral position.

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Therefore, during sitting, make sure that your back aligns with the curve of the chair's backrest. Avoid slumping or leaning forward excessively. The goal should be to maintain a neutral 'S' shape position for the back and pelvis.

Key points for keeping a neutral spine while sitting:

  • Opt for a chair that supports your spinal curves.
  • Armrests should allow your shoulders to relax and your elbows to be bent at around 90 degrees.
  • The monitor should be an arm's length away, and the top should be at eye level.
  • The keyboard and mouse should be within easy reach.


Fixing a bad chair posture is certainly no one-day affair. However, through consistent application of correct sitting methods, mindfulness of body alignment, and the use of ergonomic furniture, we can make strides in the right direction.

Understanding how to maintain our spine's natural 'S' shape and incorporating these adjustments into our daily routines can lead to noticeable improvements in posture over time. Now that you're in the know, why not start implementing these simple steps today?

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