Combating the Effects of a Sedentary Lifestyle
If you are asked what activity you'd want to be in or doing most of the time, you are likely to say this in this order:
1. Lying down (including sleeping)
Of course, who would not want to have a longer sleep time or perhaps, sit down especially if in your office you have a comfortable office chair. With very busy schedules every day, we look forward to getting as much rest as we can, and lying down and sitting maybe the most relaxing positions a person can be in.
But as you go through your daily routine, you will find yourself sitting most of the time and yet it does not seem to be that restful. The fact that this position, especially if you do not have office chairs for better posture, is still work time. During those times, your body is not really resting, just sedentary. And when you are sedentary, your body weakens, and with a chair that does not support your posture, your back and other unused muscles supporting your back and posture weakens.
So, what can you do to battle the effects of a sedentary lifestyle?
Here are Some Tips:
1. Take Microbreaks. You do not need to go far from your desk. It is as simple as standing up from your chair, and doing several upward stretches every couple of hours or so, just to stretch those unused muscles.
2. Exercise. Regular exercise is able to combat the effects of sedentary living. Don't have time to exercise or go to the gym? How about you get yourself a pilates exercise chair? It is small enough to keep at home and help you to properly do your strengthening and stretching exercises. What is important is you allot some of your non-work time to do some exercise.
3. Run. In the latest study done by Deakin University's Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), running can actually strengthen the spine, making it one of the best exercise in preventing and managing back pain. If you are not used to running yet, the study also said that walking may also have the same beneficial effect as running on the discs of the spine.
(Note: if you are to engage in any strenuous activity, please make sure to seek the guidance of a medical professional to prevent injury)
It is very easy to fall and accept a sedentary lifestyle; simply because we feel that we do not get enough rest. But you not allowing yourself to engage in a more active lifestyle may cause more harm than good.
And if you find yourself working long hours sitting down, you need to get all the help you can get to prevent your body from sliding down to the wrong posture and back pain. Find an office chair company that sells a chair that is designed to provide proper midback and pelvic support and maintain the natural alignment of the spine.