Your sitting habits affect your posture and spine. They may also cause backache and damage your back muscles. Good posture is important for your health. People who sit for more than 8 hours a day, are negatively impacting their spine, muscles, and energy.
Our ancestors used to squat, walk, move, and stand a lot more than we do. People simply did not need to sit this much. Many people are familiar with back pains and stiff back muscles after sitting all day in a chair. Pain is the body’s way of warning you that something needs to be changed. What can you do about it?
Clearly not that many people can afford having a massage every time they get a stiff back. That’s why you need to prevent your back pains from happening.
First of all, at work, if you have a chance to stand, take it. Stand-up desks and workspaces have become more popular, but if that is not available to you, try walking around every half an hour. Active movements will stimulate your brain activity and improve your productivity. Go to get some water or tea, simply walk around or do some stretching.
Take a walk during your lunch break. You can grab a sandwich or a healthy salad, walk to the nearest park and eat it there. Change of scenery will be good. It will also give your body a break from sitting in front of the screen.
If you have a choice to take a walk home or take a cab, choose the walk. Moderate activity is important.
If you want to counter the side effects of sitting, be more active. Try and spend at least 30 minutes of exercising per day.
It is easy to counteract the side effects of sitting by being more active. Even cleaning your house and standing would be better than sitting and watching another episode of your favourite TV show.
For people who sit all day, good posture at your office desk will help you avoid health risks associated with bad posture. If your mother would tell you to sit up straight, and that being a couch potato was bad, she was right!
Incorporating some yoga on a regular basis will counter balance the negative effects of long sitting. Bodywork in the form of massage, chiropractic, and Rolfing, can help keep the body tuned up for supporting your best posture.
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