A recent study shows that the average person only spends 1 hour and 15 minutes of their day not in a seated position. Is it any wonder therefore that we are seeing an ever increasing number of injuries simply due to poor posture and poor core stability.
1. Your body is not designed for sitting, let alone sitting for most of the day. The pelvis was never evolved to disperse weight in a seated posture.
2. Your body will adapt to any situation which is most common – whether this is beneficial or not.
3. Prolonged sitting and poor posture is the primary cause of spinal degeneration and overuse injuries.
For this blog, I’m going to give you a couple of simple tips on how to get more movement during your day and simple ways to keep your skeleton aligned and functional.
1. If you use public transport, get off a stop earlier. Most people are on a rushed schedule in the morning but you just have to make a little time to get a whole lot more movement.
2. Incidental movement is the new ‘in’ term. It is for a reason though so increase the amount of little patches of movement you get through day. Walk around the office more, get drinks of water, get up and talk to people, use stairs where you can. These little bits of movement really add up when done often enough.
3. If you do Yoga already, add on one extra class a week. If you don’t do yoga, START!! Yoga is the simplest way to exercise the body in the opposing way to what sitting does. It increases your core strength and stretches your upper body in extension.
4. Stretch every day. We brush our teeth daily, but what about our spine? Straighten up Australia is a Chiropractic 3 min exercise initiative to improve your spinal health and the way your body functions.
5. Get adjusted by your Chiropractor regularly. Inevitably with sitting you will load certain parts of your spine which will often get stuck, causing pain or no pain but always causing dysfunction. Getting your spine adjusted by a chiropractor ensures correct spinal movement and counteracts sitting.
Our spine and nervous system governs all functions and organs, and lack of movement and spinal misalignments cause dysfunction and therefore ill health.
If you haven’t had your spine checked, call us now for your initial consultation at Complete City Health.