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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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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Fowler's | Semi-Upright Position
Drawing of a person showing the angle range of the Raised | Fowler's Medical Position

The Fowler’s position is a semi-upright medical position where the patient sits with their upper body raised at an angle between 45°-60° in relation to the lower body. The patient’s knees may be straight, bent, or elevated as needed. Named after George Ryerson Fowler, the Fowler’s position is most often used to promote respiration and oxygenation through the expansion of the chest. Fowler’s position can also be used to alleviate abdominal tension, for improved drainage, and for improved comfort while eating.

The Fowler’s position is a semi-upright medical position where the patient sits with their upper body raised at an angle between 45°-60° in relation to the lower body. The Fowler’s position is most often used to promote respiration and oxygenation through the expansion of the chest.

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Angle: 45°-60°
Legs: Straight, bent, elevated
Purpose: Oxygenation, respiration, relaxing abdomen, feeding, draining

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Fowler's Position side elevation (male)

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Sitting - Male (Front) - 1

Collection of scaled drawings of men sitting as viewed from the front elevation. Illustrating various common casual postures and poses, these drawings of men can be used for adding human scale to various drawings of seats, chairs, benches, and surfaces.

Drawings are split into two categories for high seats at 18” (46 cm) and low seats at 15” (38 cm).

Front elevation drawing of a group of men sitting at a high seat height of 18" (46 cm)
Collection of scaled drawings of men sitting as viewed from the front elevation. Illustrating various casual postures, these drawings of men can be used for adding human scale to drawings of chairs, benches, and surfaces.

Drawings are split into two categories for high seats at 18” (46 cm) and low seats at 15” (38 cm).

Front elevation drawing of a group of men sitting at a high seat height of 18" (46 cm)
Sitting - Male (Front) - 1
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Seat Height (High): 18” | 46 cm
Seat Height (Low): 15” | 38 cm
Style: Casual
Position: Sitting
Gender: Male
Age: 25-45

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Men Sitting front elevation (high seat), front (low seat), outlines

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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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