If you are like most Americans, chances are you have a job that requires you to sit for 8 or more hours a day. Hunching over a desk creates bad posture, which can lead to poor circulation and prolonged pain in the neck, back, hips and knees. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 2 million deaths per year are attributed to physical inactivity. It has also been proven that even with regular exercise, it does not erase the risk of illness due to sitting all day.
Simply standing for 5 minutes every 30 minutes while you are working can help to decrease the adverse effects of sitting all day.
Although you may not be able to simply quit your desk job, there are many ways you can improve your posture and overall health while maintaining your career.
Fix Your Posture
If you’re reading this at a desk right now, take note of your current posture.
Are your shoulders hunched? Is your back rounded? Are you leaning forward with your neck protruding? These are sure ways to cause pain throughout your body. Adjusting your posture can decrease pain in your joints, make you feel more awake, and improve overall mood.
Here is how to fix your posture:
- Adjust the seat. If you have a chair that has height adjustments, fix it so your feet are flat on the floor and your hips are aligned with your knees.
- Sit up straight. Position your hips so that they are square with your desk and as far back into your seat as possible.
- Keep your back straight. Try to avoid leaning forward in your chair. Keeping your back in a straight position helps to avoid strain on your spine, and shoulders.
- Once you have adjusted your body, you may need to adjust your computer screen. Be sure that it is about 3 inches below eye level.
- Following these steps should immediately provide relief if you are
experincengback, neck, shoulder, or other pain related to poor posture.
Because our bodies are not designed to sit for such a prolonged period of time, you may want to invest in a standing desk. If you are experiencing pain from sitting too long, you may be able to get your standing desk fully or partially funded by your employer with a referral from a medical professional.
At Accent Office Interiors we specialize in creating beautifully designed work spaces that are both ergonomically functional and aesthetically pleasing. If you or your employees have been suffering from pain from uncomfortable desks or chairs, contact us today to improve the quality of your office!