Let’s be honest, sitting down in a chair every day is not only boring but can also cause you some severe back pain. When you don’t carry the correct posture (which a lot of us don’t), it can cause your back and neck to become stiff. The problem is, most of us, will either simply carry on with our lives and pretend it’s not a big deal or we don’t even realise that we aren’t holding ourselves correctly. Over time, this can have a damaging effect on your spinal structure, which is definitely something you should avoid, right?
Know that you have to improve your posture, but not sure where to start? These 6 tips are little things you can do around the office which can immediately relieve any pain/stiffness. After all, it’s not like we can just stop going to work…
- Adjust your chair: Well, actually, step 1 is to have a good comfortable chair, to begin with. A sturdy, adjustable chair is the key to your in-office comfort. Once you have your chair, you can adjust it to your ideal level of comfort. Ideally, for the correct posture, your thighs should be at a right angle to your back and your feet should be flat on the floor. Bear this in mind when adjusting your chair.
- Invest in a standing desk: Now, we’re not saying that you should stand up all day working – we understand that that can get pretty tiring, pretty fast. However, standing desks are a great alternative to your standard, sitting desk. They allow you to stretch your muscles, improve your posture and they make you a bit more active. Better yet, they are also known to improve productivity – who would have thought!
- Take breaks: This is a given and should not be looked over. You need to move your body (and get fresh air). It’s so easy to get stuck in the routine of working through breaks, sitting in the same position and staring at your computer, but it’s not healthy. More often than not, you’ll end up slouching for long periods of time which is also a big no-no in terms of your posture. Get moving…even if it is just for 5 minutes.
- Monitor your back pain: In order to avoid any future spine problems, make sure you’re aware of any stiffness or soreness – make a note of what times during the day you feel the most pain, what relieves your pain, anything to help you understand what habits you need to break. From this, you’ll eventually be able to prevent any stiffness for when you’re at work.
- Exercise: Bad posture can often be resolved with some strategic exercising. No, we’re not saying you need to hop on to the treadmill every day before work (although, it would be a healthy habit). But you can improve your posture by focusing on exercises which strengthen your back and core. These will also help relieve any current stiffness in your body by stretching your muscles out.
- Get comfortable furniture: Ideally, your workplace should already have good quality furniture. No one should have to sit on an uncomfortable chair for 8 hours every day – that’s bound to be the cause of bad posture. Fortunately, there are companies which are at your disposal when it comes to affordable office accessories. Take Coggin Group, for example. They offer high-quality, upcycled accessories which are sold at a fraction of the price. With furniture ranging from chairs to sofas to even storage drawers, your office can get everything it needs without having to splash out. More importantly, everyone will be comfortable.