A typical day in the office could involve up to 8 hours of continuous sitting. For most people, driving to and from work adds another hour or two of sedentary activity. The reality is that most of us spend the majority of our day planted in a chair, either focusing on work or recreation.
Sitting for long periods of time has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and even cancer. What’s worse is that if you’re sitting with poor posture, you have another slew of negative side effects to worry about.
When you’re sitting in the same position all day, your digestive organs become more compact. This can deter food from digesting all the way, leading to discomfort, lack of energy and a reduced metabolism.
Believe it or not, your overall mood can take a downhill turn as a result of bad posture. When sitting all day, your body and mind become sluggish, making everything seem like a drag.
Here’s how to fix it
Simple adjustments like adding a small back support pillow to your chair, going for a regular medical massage or practicing a 5- minute deep breathing exercise can reduce the negative impact of bad posture on your body.
Buying an ergonomic chair eliminates the need to remember to sit upright, because it will train your body to do so. Another option is to add massage to your wellness routine; loosening up tight muscles and joints will prevent pain and cramping, allowing you to sit with broad shoulders and an upright back.
The results can make all the difference, especially in the workplace – more confidence, energy and flexibility, and less risk of health problems in the long-term.