You might feel good if your job does not require you to leave your chair. You simply sit down for 8 hours a day. It is not as stressful as other jobs out there.
The problem is that it also makes you less physically engaged.
As a result, you gain weight even without noticing it. The best solution to this problem is to do exercises right in your chair. Even if you are too busy with work, you can keep moving. The exercises might be simple and not as rigorous as those that you do inside the gym.
At the very least, you are doing something. You don’t let your body fall into a full rest mode. There are still calories being burned. This prevents you from gaining a lot of weight. Also, it helps relax your muscles.
Staying in the same position over a longer period of time may cause muscle pains. You will suffer from stiff neck and joint pains. On the other hand, with continued movement, this problem may be eliminated.
There are a number of common posture mistakes that can be made when sitting and can easily become part of a routine if not addressed:
- Slouching – this position places a lot of pressure on the lower back, damaging the ligaments, joints and soft tissue in this area and can lead to hunching
- Sitting cross-legged – this position tucks in the hip, making it difficult to sit up straight and leading to slouching. Sitting cross-legged can also lead to muscle imbalances in the hips that cause pain and stiffness
- Hunching forward – can lead to a tight chest and weak upper back, potentially leading to the development of a rounded upper back that is susceptible to pain and stiffness
- Poking the chin forward – sometimes a symptom of a hunched back or sitting too low as an attempt to compensate for excess downward pressure, this can lead to muscle weakness around the neck
- Phone cradling – employees that have to use a phone frequently may hold their phone handset between their ear and shoulder in order to leave their hands free to operate a computer or write. This can weaken the neck muscles and lead to muscle imbalances that cause headaches.
Just stand up every now and then to do some exercises. You can stretch your arms and legs. Just repeat the process until you feel better. If you are heading to the toilet, take the stairs instead of using the lift.
There are a lot of exercises that you can do without affecting your work. The infographic shows the activities that are perfect, given the nature of your work. Just give them a try.