Are you sitting comfortably?
Sitting correctly can make all the difference. Short term and long term. While we all have different jobs and responsibilities, on average we spend about 9.3 hours a day sitting.
As a child you would never be able to stay sitting in one place for too long without getting agitated or uncomfortable. Research is now confirming what children already know – sitting in a chair all day is bad. We spend all day sitting at school, sitting at work, sitting in our cars and even when we get home we lounge about on our sofas.
Sitting is the new smoking.
Science now believes that more than 6 hours of sitting a day will cause issues as we grow. Even though our jobs may be the reason why we have to sit for so long there are ways we can prevent any oncoming issues.
If you’re already having back pains, things like a sit-stand desk can be put in place. A mobile desk which allows you to stand as and when you need. However; just by following these simple steps can make all the difference.
• Support your back – you can reduce the risk of pain if you correctly if you adjust your chair so the lower back is properly supported.
• Adjust your chair – ensure you have an adjustable chair which allows you to change the height, back position and tilt. The height so you can use your keyboard and mouse with your wrists and forearms straight and level with the floor. Elbows should be by the side of your body.
• Rest your feet – feet should remain on the floor. Flat on the floor. It may be worth having a foot rest which may allow you rest your feet at a comfortable level.
• Place your screen at eye level – Your screen should be directly in front of you. A good guide is to place the monitor about an arm’s length away, with the top of the screen roughly at eye level.
• Avoid screen reflection
• Avoid phone strain – try not reach out of your way for your phone
• Take regular breaks – ensure you’re getting up from your desk. You may need to contact a colleague, instead of emailing them try getting up to go and talk to them. Just 5 minutes up and away from your desk can make a lot of difference.
Move more and sit less. Reduce the time you are sitting but for those times you have to ensure it’s done correctly.