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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Browse through our curated Sitting Guides for additional categorizations, tips, details, variations, styles, and histories of Sitting. Guides provide additional insights into the unique properties and shared relationships between elements.
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Business People Sitting - Male (Side)
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Business People Sitting - Male (Side)
Business Sitting - Female (Side)
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Business Sitting - Female (Side)
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Protesters Holding Signs - Women - Sitting
45.00
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Protesters Holding Signs - Women - Sitting
Sitting - Children (Back)
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Sitting - Children (Back)
Sitting - Criss-Cross Applesauce
3D
Sitting - Criss-Cross Applesauce
Sitting - Female (Front) - 1
3D
Sitting - Female (Front) - 1
Sitting - Female (Side) - 1
3D
Sitting - Female (Side) - 1
Sitting - Male (Front) - 1
3D
Sitting - Male (Front) - 1
Sitting - Male (Side) - 1
3D
Sitting - Male (Side) - 1
Sitting Chair - Boys (Front)
3D
Sitting Chair - Boys (Front)
Sitting Chair - Boys (Side)
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Sitting Chair - Boys (Side)
Sitting Chair - Girls (Front)
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Sitting Chair - Girls (Front)
Sitting Chair - Girls (Side)
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Sitting Chair - Girls (Side)
Sitting Chair - Girls (Side)

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.

Side elevation illustration with dimensions of girls sitting at chair height in multiple poses
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.

Side elevation illustration with dimensions of girls sitting at chair height in multiple poses
Sitting Chair - Girls (Side)
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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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Girls Sitting Chair Height side elevations (detail), side (outline)

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Sitting - Female (Plan)

Assorted drawings of women in various sitting postures represented in plan/top view. Representing activities and poses that include casual sitting, reading, working, and relaxing, these drawings of women sitting can be used for adding human scale to drawings.

Female shoulders have an average width of 14” (35 cm).

Group of Women Sitting in Plan view illustrated from above
Assorted drawings of women in various sitting postures represented in plan/top view. Representing activities and poses that include casual sitting, reading, working, and relaxing, these drawings of women sitting can be used for adding human scale to drawings.

Female shoulders have an average width of 14” (35 cm).

Group of Women Sitting in Plan view illustrated from above
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Width (Shoulder): 14” | 35 cm

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Women Sitting Plan view

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Business People Sitting - Female (Side)

Collection of scaled drawings of business women sitting in assorted common postures as seen in side view. Illustrating various office postures and poses that include typing, reclining, resting, thinking, writing and listening, these drawings of business women can be used for adding human scale to office and business drawings.

All drawings are set at standard office chair seat heights between 16”-18” (41-46 cm).

Side elevation drawings of women dressed in business attire in semi-reclined seating positions
Collection of scaled drawings of business women sitting in assorted common postures illustrating various office postures and poses that include typing, reclining, resting, thinking, writing and listening.

All drawings are set at standard office chair seat heights between 16”-18” (41-46 cm).

Side elevation drawings of women dressed in business attire in semi-reclined seating positions
Business People Sitting - Female (Side)
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Seat Height (Office Chair): 16”-18” | 41-46 cm
Style: Business Formal
Position: Sitting
Age: 25-50

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Office | Business People Sitting (Female) side elevation (detail), side (silhouette)

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Sitting - Children (Back)

Assortment of boys and girls sitting as seen from the back profile. Children are always moving between various sitting positions at home or at school as they play and learn. Naturally taking on postures that are comfortable to their bodies, children most commonly sit in positions that include: Criss-cross applesauce (legs crossed), legs in front, legs to the side, on their knees, or W position. W Sitting, when a child sits on their butt with their knees bent and feet angled outward, is known to put your child at risk for injuries and limited core strength and flexibility and should be corrected whenever possible.

Drawing of a group of boys sitting in a row in back elevation
Assortment of boys and girls sitting as seen from the back profile. Children are always moving between various sitting positions at home or at school as they play and learn. Children sitting positions include: Criss-cross applesauce, legs in front, legs to the side, on their knees, or W position.

Drawing of a group of boys sitting in a row in back elevation
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Sitting Style: Criss-Cross Applesauce, legs behind, legs to side
Attire: Casual/School
Ages: 4-6

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Children | Kids Sitting Back elevation, back (silhouette)

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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.

Illustration of a man and woman sitting in Cross-Legged postures with dimensions for width and height
Sitting Cross-Legged
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