There has been a lot of talk about the ill effects of too much sitting for your health. While the negative health effects come from being too sedentary and not having enough movement, many of the pain and health conditions come from poor posture while sitting also.
If you work in a position that requires you to sit for seven or more hours each day, then it is essential for you to learn good posture. Not only will good posture save your back and neck from pain and issues later on, but good posture can also affect your health in other ways.
Good posture helps you take in more air, which in turn gives you more energy and productivity. Good posture also helps you to focus better and to have more confidence. It is amazing how much good posture can actually make you better at your job!
The Top 8 Tips for Perfect Desk Posture
- Sit back. There is a reason why your chair has a back support, so use it. Roll up a small towel or sweater to place behind the small of your back. This will help you keep the natural curve of your lower back.
- Don’t lean forward or sit on the edge of your chair. These two positions will automatically cause you to fall into bad posture. These positons also put more stress on your lower back and neck.
- Relax your shoulders. Check your shoulders right now. Are they tense and higher up than they should be? Be sure to remind yourself often to relax your shoulders.
- Keep your arms close to your sides whether you are typing or sitting in a meeting.
- Keep your elbows bent at a 90 degree angle. This might mean you have to adjust your keyboard or workstation.
- The top of your head should be stretched to the ceiling and your chin slightly tucked under.
- Roll your shoulders back and keep your upper back and neck comfortably straight. You want to keep your abdominal muscles engaged throughout the day.
- Keep your feet flat on the floor, with toes pointed forward and knees level with the hips. For shorter individuals, you may need a footstool to help you achieve the right position.
Perfect posture affects your day and your health. Regular chiropractic care may help you achieve perfect posture because manual adjustments keep your spine healthy and free of subluxations. Visit The Joint… the chiropractic place today to start sitting and standing straighter throughout your day.
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