Did you know that by simply improving the way you sit at your desk can improve your health? A recently published article in Redbook Magazine helped us learn six quick tips to improve our over all well-being just by improving the way we sit at work!
- Hunching your shoulders. “Poor posture can cause spasms in your mid back,” says chiropractor Jason Querios of Norwalk Sports and Spine in Connecticut. These spasms are your bodies way of warning you that you need to adjust your posture before you really hurt yourself. It is recommended to tuck a lumbar pillow between your lower back and the chair to increase support on the natural curve in your back. Another tip we can give you is when you feel your shoulders leaning forward stop and do three big backwards shoulder circle to set your posture back to where it needs to be.
- Hanging your head forward. You may not realize that you are doing this, but chances are, you are. There is a good chance that even as you read this, your head is dropping past your shoulders. Every inch that your head moves forward, adds about ten pounds of pressure to your neck and back, which can lead to sore muscles, headaches and more. If you catch yourself doing this take a breather, stretch your neck from side to side and relax.
- Keeping your monitor too close. The closer that you sit to the screen, the more your eyes have to work to focus on an object that is close up rather than if it was further away. This can lead to eyestrain, which ultimately will lead to un-wanted headaches and progressively worsening eyesight.
- Crossing your legs. When you cross your legs, you move your body weight onto one hip, causing increased strain on your joints. It is recommended to keep both feet flat on the floor with your hips slightly higher than your knees (note: you may need to adjust the height of your chair).
- Leaning on one armrest. When you constantly lean to one side of your chair, your muscles become shot and tight putting you at risk for spasms. This constant pressure can also lead to carpel tunnel like symptoms, including pinched nerves and tingling fingers. Use the arm rests on your chair for their intended purpose, to keep your arms at a comfortable 90-degree angle.
- Keep a bottle of water on your desk at all times. Being dehydrated decreases mental performance and productivity, sows your reaction time and drastically effects your mood. Replace that coffee mug you keep on your desk with a bottle of water. This will help make you more conscious of your water intake and motivate you to hydrate throughout your day.