Chances are, you are sitting right now while you are reading this.
Though it’s a posture most of us assume for a good part of the day, sitting is one of the least health promoting postures we can take.
Instead of just shrugging it off and sitting back down, a few helpful tips:
1. Once an hour, get up and go for a walk.
Get the blood flowing, get a glass of water and get your body into a more efficient position.
2. Consider a standing workstation.
If your office is replacing furniture, it might be a good time to suggest a more ergonomic alternative. If you work from home, you can create your own standing work station or keep it simple and use a counter-top or similar.
3. Stay upright during your downtime.
If sitting during your work hours or long drives are non-negotiable, try to choose activities where you aren’t seated for your relaxation time. Consider using TV watching time as a time to incorporate small fitness challenges, like weighted squats during the commercials, or push-ups at the end of each half-hour show.
4. If you must sit, consider using a balance ball or yoga ball at least some of the time.
Using a ball to sit on forces you to stabilize your core muscles to stay balanced. It’s still not the most efficient posture for your organs or circulation, but definitely better than slumping into a chair.
5. Pay attention to your posture.
Sitting, especially while working on a computer or tablet, also promotes a rounded, head-forward posture. This leads to stiff neck and shoulders as well as headaches. Reminding yourself to sit up and keep your head upright can do a lot to improve your mood as well as prevent pain and tightness in these areas. Something as simple as adjusting the location of your computer or sitting at the edge of your seat can go a long way toward preventing problems.
Infographic courtesy of Medicalbillingandcoding.com
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