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In today’s society it can be hard to avoid long hours sitting each day. For most of us a typical day may start with sitting for breakfast, sitting on the commute to work, sitting at work, for lunch, on the way home from work, sitting for dinner and finally we are so pooped out come 8pm we sit on the couch for some much needed down time! While there are times of walking, exercising, and general moving about in between all of that, it’s pretty safe to say we spend A LOT of time on our butts.
So if we can’t go over it, can’t go under it we’ll have to go through it! Let’s learn how to sit better…
As an Osteopath I see many people with low back or neck pain when sitting or as a result of sitting for too long. In an ideal world I would suggest a number of little tips and tricks which everyone would go home and do when they walked out the door.
The reality is that these tips are great (otherwise I wouldn’t suggest them) but it doesn’t necessarily help us to sit better when we have to. Avoiding long periods of sitting and leading an active lifestyle everyday would solve so many health problems, but it can’t always be about avoiding the problem.
Let’s get good at sitting, and try not to do it when we don’t really have to.
Most people associate sitting with being static – however if we can make the simple task of sitting more dynamic our joints and muscles will be far less aggravated and may even benefit from such a position.
To make your sitting more dynamic – try the following tips
To break up your sitting routine, I recommend taking on a sitting challenge! Instead of sitting on the couch at the end of a day, try floor sitting. Over time this will improve your hip mobility and strengthen your lower back.
I personally like the following positions… Try rotating these positions every few minutes, the options are endless.
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