Having to stand for long periods of time at work can take a toll on your body. However, excessive sitting isn’t all that much better. Therefore, it’s important to know what kind of seated position you should be in…
Excessive Sitting: Good Body Position
Issues with sitting
Excessive sitting can lead to a couple different health issues. For starters, sitting for too long causes many of your major muscles to relax. This causes them to reduce how much glucose they take from your blood, which increases your chances of getting diabetes. It also takes a toll on your heart and can lead to veracious veins.
Too much sitting also places a lot of strain on your back and neck. Usually, this is because of poor posture. Not sitting properly, and doing so for too long, can result in serious lasting nerve pain. Even things like carpal tunnel can be a result of poor sitting posture.
What to avoid
Posture is a key part of reducing the impact of excessive sitting. There’s a few bad posture habits you’ll want to avoid. For starters, you don’t want to work with your head forwards and your back curved with no support. There are some of the most common bad habits, which lead to neck and back injuries.
You should also pay attention to what exactly you’re sitting on as well. Bad chairs which are either too high or too low will cause you to have poor posture as you have to strain to work. Pay attention to if your thighs can comfortable fit under your desk or table, as cramming them under reduces blood flow.
Maintaining some good posture will help make excessive siting a bit more safer. First, adjust your chair so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees are in line with your hips. Then, you’ll want to sit up straight, keeping your hips far back in the chair.
To help you neck stay relaxed, your monitor should be directly in front of you, at just a few inches above eye level. Things like you keyboard and mouse should also be close and in front of you as well. Make sure to also take stretching breaks throughout the day!