Sitting is the New Smoking- What Can You Do About It?

Get up and move!

Standing deskSitting for extended periods of time can put pressure on your lower back, potentially leading to numerous health complications. These do not necessarily occur immediately, but creep up on us overtime.

What does your typical day look like? We have many patients who work long days at a desk job, hunched over a keyboard, rarely changing position. The end of the day comes around, and then you’re back in your car, sitting in the traffic that we all hate. Once you finally get home, maybe you make dinner, turn on the TV and sit back on the couch to relax. When are we not sitting!?

Here are a few simple tips to try:

  • Move every hour- set a timer to remind yourself to get up every hour. It could be a simple walk to the coffee machine, or a quick walk around the block.
  • Talk to your boss– did you know a lot of companies today are offering ergonomic assessments to their employees. This can result in a better chair, or some offices are even offering standing desks or stability balls.
    • Can’t get a standing desk? DIY! Prop your computer and keyboard up on a few stacks of office paper.
  • Get outside at lunchtime– both the fresh air, and the change from sitting will help!
  • Get adjusted regularly– adjustments help ease the tension that builds in your lower back from sitting, and takes pressure off your spine and your nervous system.

Ask your Chiropractor, the next time you are in, what simple exercises you can do at your desk.

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Happy standing!