By now, you should know that sitting at work all day hunched over your computer is not an ideal position for your body to be in for 8+ hours. Yet, most of us find ourselves there every Monday through Friday. Below are 7 actionable items that you can do at work to combat the negative impacts of sitting all day.
- Get a standing desk. Standing desks keep your spine mobile and change your posture and help avoid slouching in your office chair.
- Get an exercise ball to sit on instead of an office chair. Exercise balls help you to activate your core to keep your spine straight and help you maintain good posture. It also allows you to move your hips while your sitting to keep motion in your spine.
- Go on walks every 50 minutes – 1 hour. Geting moving every hour is a good way to wake your body up from the stationary position of sitting. This will help you avoid slouching forward and it is also a great way to clear your mind during a busy and stressful workday.
- Drink a half of your body weight in ounces of water. Drinking water is important. It keeps you hydrated and your mind clear and energetic. It can help you focus more on the task at hand be giving you clarity. It is also great for your skin complexion!
- Have snacks filled with protein instead of sugar. Protein has 9 calories in every gram whereas sugar and carbohydrates have only 4 calories in every gram. If you like to snack during the workday, keep some nuts or seeds at your desk to help maintain energy throughout the day and keep yourself full and not craving your next snack.
- Open up your body every hour with some whole body stretches. Opening up your posture throughout the day can help keep your muscles working the way they should and help avoid all those aches and pains you feel after sitting in a chair all day! Check out our Facebook page for some awesome exercise videos.
- See a chiropractor!! Keeping your spine and nervous system healthy will allow you to think clearer and feel better! Chiropractors can help create more motion in your spine and align your spine to allow optimum neural firing and body symmetry which will help keep your muscles from tightening up and help you avoid that slouch forward.