Today, while shopping for a chair at a shopping mall, I saw this poster regarding the amount of weight a person is carrying when doing various activities. When standing upright, one carries 100% of his weight, while when lying down, one carries 25% of his weight. However, what confused me was that when sitting down, one carries 125% of his weight, and when leaning forward while sitting down, one carries 325% of his weight.
From a rational layman perspective, this seems contradictory. When we stand up, we feel tired. Sitting down is definitely much more comfortable.
From a physics student perspective, I tried rationalising this. When standing upright, we feel tired because weight is exerted all on our legs and feet, making it difficult to stand for long. However, when we sit down, by the principle of moments, we would be carrying more weight. On a side note (slightly deviating from the principles of physics), I believe the greater comfort when sitting down is because most weight is carried by the backbone.
When we lean forward while sitting down, again by the principle of moemnts the force carried by our backbone will be greater.
Now, I am not definitely sure if this theory is correct, so if possible, could someone provide a more convincing explanation?