People Sitting

Sitting is one of the basic resting positions for humans where the weight of the body is supported by the ground or other horizontal surface such as a chair. When a person sits, the upper torso is upright and the buttocks supports the weight of the body through contact with the sitting surface. Sitting most commonly occurs on the floor or on a raised seat in the form of a chair, stool, bench or similar. Today, prolonged sitting has been identified as a health risk connected to heart disease and diabetes and it is suggested to take measures to reduce the amount of sitting a person does daily.

Why do I have back pain when sitting?

Pain in the lower back is often a result of bad sitting posture, as a slouched or hunched over seated position puts strain on the discs. An underlying medical condition such as sciatica, a herniated disc, muscle strain, or degenerative disc disease, can worsen the pain. Upper back pain can be a result of a forward craning position when looking at a computer screen or phone display.

How many calories do you burn sitting?

Calories burned while sitting varies greatly on factors such as weight, fitness level, age, sex, and health status. Sitting is a low calorie-burning activity, but the more active you are, you will burn more calories while seated. A 150 lb person is estimated to burn 68 calories an hour sitting quietly, 102 calories doing light work, and 170 calories while doing moderate work.

How do you sleep sitting up?

For an optimal upright sleeping position, a slightly sloped surface, at about 70 degrees, is ideal. Padding against the vertical surface will help to simulate the comfort of sleeping on a bed. Lower back support is the more important part of upright sleeping; this can be achieved by a rolled up towel or small pillow behind the lower back. For a smooth transition from traditional sleeping postures to an upright position while sleeping, a neck support will be beneficial as well.

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Business People Sitting - Male (Side)
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Sitting Chair - Boys (Front)

Kids sitting in chairs are usually resting from play, doing a seated activity at a table or desk, or in school. Most schools require that kids sit in chairs during instruction. The chairs that kids sit in are usually smaller than the chairs adults sit in.

Elevation drawing of boys sitting in a line at seat height with dimensions
Kids sitting in chairs are usually resting from play, doing a seated activity at a table or desk, or in school. Most schools require that kids sit in chairs during instruction. The chairs that kids sit in are usually smaller than the chairs adults sit in.

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Sitting Chair - Boys (Front)
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Seat Heights: 12”-18” | 31-46 cm
Table Heights: 20”-24” | 51-61 cm
Style: Casual/School
Ages: 5-8

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Boys Sitting Chair Height front elevations (detail), side (outline)

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Sitting - Male (Side) - 1

Sitting (side) is the side profile view of someone sitting. From the side, you can see the protrusions of one’s facial features, chest, belly and the bends in their spine and legs as they sit. When people are sitting, they are usually taking a rest while awake; although, some people can sleep while sitting.

Illustration of a group of men sitting in side elevation in various stages of reclining
Sitting (side) is the side profile view of someone sitting. From the side, you can see the protrusions of one’s facial features, chest, belly and the bends in their spine and legs as they sit. When people are sitting, they are usually taking a rest while awake.

Illustration of a group of men sitting in side elevation in various stages of reclining
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Seat Height (Typical): 18” | 46 cm
Style: Casual
Position: Sitting - Side
Gender: Male
Age: 25-45

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Women Sitting side elevation (typical seat height), outlines

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Semi-Fowler's Position
Diagram of a person on a medical table illustrating the angle of an Inclined | Semi-Fowler's Medical Position

The Semi-Fowler’s position is an inclined medical position where the patient is on their back at a bed angle between 30°-45°. Used for similar Fowler’s position purposes that include lung expansion and feeding, the Semi-Fowler’s position is uniquely preferred during childbirth to improve the comfort of the mother. The foot of the bed can also be raised to assist in bending the legs if needed.

The Semi-Fowler’s position is an inclined medical position where the patient is on their back at a bed angle between 30°-45°. Semi-Fowler’s position is preferred during childbirth to improve the comfort of the mother. The foot of the bed can be raised to assist in bending the legs if needed.

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Angle: 30°-45°
Legs: Straight, raised bed
Purpose: Childbirth, oxygenation, feeding, comfort

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Semi-Fowler's position side elevation (male)

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Sitting - Male (Plan)

Collection of scaled drawings of men sitting as viewed from an aerial perspective, or plan view. Ranging in postures from casual, to reclined, these illustrations are useful for adding human scale and animation to plan drawings.

Male shoulders have an average width of 18" (46 cm).

Assortment of women sitting illustrated in plan view from above
Collection of scaled drawings of men sitting as viewed from an aerial perspective, or plan view. Ranging in postures from casual, to reclined, these illustrations are useful for adding human scale and animation to plan drawings.

Male shoulders have an average width of 18" (46 cm).

Assortment of women sitting illustrated in plan view from above
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Width (Shoulder): 18" | 46 cm

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Men Sitting Plan view

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Sitting Cross-Legged

Sitting cross-legged is a method of sitting on the floor to rest, stretch, or pause. In some cultures, it is customary to sit cross-legged on the floor to eat. Sitting cross-legged is also common in grade school where it is frequently referred to as sitting criss-cross applesauce. Sitting cross-legged is considered “active rest,” as it requires more muscle use than sitting in a chair and can improve stability and flexibility.

Illustration of a man and woman sitting in Cross-Legged postures with dimensions for width and height
Sitting cross-legged is a method of sitting on the floor to rest, stretch, or pause. In some cultures, it is customary to sit cross-legged on the floor to eat. Sitting cross-legged is also common in grade school where it is frequently referred to as sitting criss-cross applesauce.

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