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Save Your Health by How You Sit

 March 22, 2017
Andy in Health
If you have a job where you need to sit all day, you might notice that your health starts to suffer. Try these tips to improve how you are sitting and reap the health benefits.

For most of us, the daily grind means going to work, sitting behind a desk all day, and then going home to sit in front of the computer or TV. Some of the headlines out there claim that all this sitting is killing us. We're not going to go that far, but we do agree that so much sitting isn't great for you. According to some, studies it can lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even cancer. While those may be long-term effects, in the short term you can develop problems with your joints and muscles when you are not sitting properly

We know that sometimes you have to sit. Who wants to stand all day at work? And who doesn’t like to get home and just relax into a nice comfy chair? In order to make the best of your sitting time, we have put together a few tips. 

How to Sit According to Ergonomics
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Back

Make sure that your back is supported to avoid lower back pain. A good chair will adjust to support your back and tilt to lower the strain on your back. When you arrange your desk, try to ensure that you have all essential items easily within reach so you do not have to bend or stretch repeatedly in ways that might hurt your back.

Arms

When using a keyboard or computer make sure that your arms are straight out and level with the floor. Bending them into an L-shape and using a wrist rest can help prevent strain on your muscles and joints. Another helpful thing to do is move the mouse closer to you. This way you are not overextending your arms or leaving them at an awkward angle.

Eyes

To help your eyes, it's best to have your screen about an arm’s length away. Also, the top of the screen should be eye level. Another way to protect your eyes is to minimize the amount of glare on your screen. Otherwise, you will naturally try to squint, possibly positioning yourself in a way that will strain your muscles.

Legs

Even though it might seem more natural or comfortable, avoid crossing your legs. This position curves the spine in a way that can lead to posture problems in later life.

Feet

You should be able to sit so your feet are flat on the floor. If not, you could strain the muscles and cause foot pain.

Neck

If you have a job that requires you to use the phone a great deal, ask for a headset. Using a handset can often lead to neck injuries, especially if you try to rest the headset between your head and shoulder while talking.


Overall, it is a good practice to notice how you are siting and to take regular breaks. Both of these practices will help you protect your back and improve your overall health. While sitting is unavoidable, especially if you have a job that requires it, a few minor tweaks can do wonders for your health!

Check out this infographic from Ultimate  Mats to get more tips and tricks about how to maximize your sitting style. 

Staying happy and healthy at work