3 Great Ways to Combat
a Sedentary Work Environment
For most of us living in major cities like San Francisco, CA or Denver, CO, sitting is a major part of our workday. The average office worker is putting in 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week, much of it spent sitting. It is a sedentary working environment. This takes a tremendous toll on your spine.
While you sit, your spine begins to settle, which leads to nerve compression and misalignments. In addition to chronic pain and a nagging feeling of tightness in your back, neck, and shoulders, you’re also likely to develop other conditions from over-sitting, including:
- Obesity and conditions related to being overweight;
- Heart disease;
- Metabolic syndrome;
- Rheumatic disorders;
The list goes on nearly infinitely as more and more studies come to light, exposing the extreme effects of sitting for long stretches of time. They all tell the same cautionary tale: the worker who sits too much is in for a life of ongoing illness.
For many, being told not to sit all day at work feels like a paradox. You have to sit to work, and you have to work to keep your job, right? While this might be true, it’s far from impossible to combat the effects of a sedentary work environment. Take a look at three simple ways to reduce your time spent sitting at work, without putting your job in jeopardy:
Get a standing desk.
Many employers are vested in the health of their workers, which means they’re willing to help maximize comfort to maximize productivity. Standing or convertible desks are a cost-effective way for employers to ensure the postural health of their workers. A standing desk allows you to work as you normally would, with the caveat that you’re standing instead of sitting. This promotes better blood flow throughout the day.
Walk when you can.
Whether it’s a few laps around the building on your lunch break or just down the hall to the bathroom, any mileage you can put on during the day counts. It’s recommended to get up and walk for at least 5 minutes for every hour that you sit. Try to get up frequently, even if it’s just for a few minutes, to get the blood flowing and to alleviate pressure on your spine.
Change your chair.
If you’re forced to sit, changing the chair is a quick and effective upgrade. Chair designs vary infinitely and many are going to offer you support where a traditional office chair won’t. Find something with specific lumbar and cervical spine supports. It’s also not a bad idea to explore “kneeling chairs,” which force proper spinal posture by taking away the back of the chair.
In addition to the suggestions above, maintaining a standing appointment with Posture Works for chiropractic care in San Francisco, CA or Denver, CO goes a long way towards maintaining good spinal health. Using a Chiropractic BioPhysics approach, we can work with you to help pinpoint where your alignment might be suffering as the result of sitting too much throughout the day.
For more information about proper sitting posture and what you can do to sit less, contact us today.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.