By: Randee Engelhard, BS, MPT, PAS, AET
Sitting is a sport that requires training just like other physical activities. While it is okay to perform sedentary jobs, it is important to create a balance between sitting and standing. The more you can train your body to sit with better posture, the better your muscles will work for you.
Lack of motion in your body can cause symptoms such as pain, stiffness, lack of energy, concentration issues, snoring, sinus issues, headaches, weight gain, insomnia, poor balance and more.
Benefits of moving your body
Vessels run through our body, transporting oxygen, expelling toxins, and creating energy in our intestines, arteries, veins, lymphatic vessels, and nerves. When a hose is kinked, water cannot flow properly. Similarly, if your body is hunched over, your head is tilted sideways, or one hip is elevated, it affects many of our body’s functions.
The benefits of increased body movement and improved posture include:
What is good posture?
Good posture is sitting and standing up better and holding your head up well. It is about balance of muscles from front to back and side to side. As a result, the whole body runs more efficiently and optimally. This can also decrease many aches and pains that so many people suffer from.
Poor sitting posture
Common sitting posture includes slouching over with shoulders rounded, head hanging down, pelvis tucked under creating a big “C” in our spine, or crossing one leg over the other and causing imbalance to the hip muscles.
Corrected sitting posture
In our digital world, many of us are spending more time being sedentary. It is important to be aware of how you are sitting or standing and make these corrections.
Poor standing posture
There are three common patterns that describe how we tend to stand. See how amazing you feel when you adjust and stand upright!
Corrected standing posture
Remember to move around as much as possible, change positions, and learn some simple exercises that can be incorporated into your day. Consider switching up time spent unwinding on the couch at the end of day for some stretching and joint movements while watching your favorite show. Or, prop your phone up and move a little more as you scroll through your favorite content.
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