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Not only are we sitting all day, but most of us are hunched over at our desks set in a position that isn’t doing us any good. Backaches, tight hips & sore necks are frequent in the workplace, but we can change this! With a few simple adjustments, you can ensure that you are seated correctly and pain free. Tip: Make sure your back is straight & the lower part is supported by your chair. Your computer screen should be at eye level to prevent any slouching. Feet should be flat on the floor and legs and arms comfortably resting at 90 degrees.
Your prone to more injures!
Sitting on our rears all day is deactivating our gluteal muscles. The less active our glutes, the tighter other muscle groups get! Mostly areas in our hips, hamstrings & quads become weaker which can cause more pain we feel in our lower back, knees, neck & shoulders. Tip: Get up out of your office chair every hour! Do some chair exercises targeting the gluteal muscles such as tap squats or lunges across the office, get everyone involved!
Increased risk of disease
Studies have shown that a sedentary lifestyle can increase your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even cancer. Your goal should be to increase movement in your everyday life, not just in the office. It is recommended we should do 150 minutes of weekly physical activity, this is broken down in to 30 minutes on five days every week. Become a “move more” kind of person. Tip: Take a lap around the office, now!😊
You burn less calories
You burn 30% less calories when you are sitting versus when you are standing. How often do you yourself sitting at your desk mindlessly snacking while you work? Burning 30% less calories while sitting and then snacking on a high-calorie snack, without really being hungry, do not go hand in hand! Tip: Get a standing desk, do a walk and talk meeting with your colleagues or just get up as often as possible to stand up from your chair and move your limbs – even some quick stretches will do.
Lots of sitting leads to…more sitting!
Work can be mentally exhausting, especially if you don’t take time to get up and move throughout the day & recharge. We know there are intense days at the office where we just want to go home, lay on the sofa & watch TV. When this thought creeps into your mind, try to send yourself a personal WARNING & quickly remind yourself why you need to move. Tip: Moving before and after work really helps to clear the mind. Helps to unwind and release any stresses you may have, which can make you feel happier overall and more focused on the task at hand.
Some key points below to make sure you are sitting correctly at your desk!!!