Sitting. All of us do it on a daily basis for work, recreation, and at the end of the day while relaxing. But is sitting really that good for us? Recent research shows that in fact, sitting can be very detrimental to our overall health.
Sitting is a repetitive activity. That sounds counterintuitive because we associate sitting with inactivity. In reality sitting increases the pressure placed on the discs of our spine, causes the surrounding muscles to weaken, and promotes poor posture. When done over weeks, months, and years the impact of the pressure on your body can become permanent.
The solution requires a careful look at your daily activities, how to accomplish them creating less stress on your body, and by using a series of stretches and exercises specific to you. Your goal is to reduce pressure on your spine, strengthen associated muscles and increase postural awareness.
Healthy Sitting Tips:
- Evaluate your workstation including your chair. A well-fitting chair and an ergonomic workstation will minimize unnecessary stress.
- Set a timer and take a 1-2 minute break at least every 30 minutes.
- Practice short periods of exercises/stretches to counteract the impact of sitting.
- Stand instead of sit during meetings (I bet they will be shorter and more productive).
- Net-walk while you network.
- Think – Up!! It will keep you from slumping forward while you sit.
Please contact me with your questions and if you would like additional information.