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It used to be that even in an office, people moved around. They went to speak with colleagues, they had to photocopy something or send a fax. Today, our desks are literally a command and control centre from which we can quite capably run our little part of the company. We can send the fax from our desk, print to our own printer right beside us and not have to move much.
While productivity is a good thing, we must also remember that we are not designed to sit for long periods of time. Sitting for long periods without moving can cause back discomfort and over long periods can result in back pain. If this is currently the case for you or you want to ensure that this doesn’t happen to you, below are some helpful hints.
If possible, get up every twenty minutes or whatever works for you and walk around. This changes your posture, activates different muscles and allows your vertebrae and discs to move. If getting up and walking around isn’t possible then tip your head slightly to the left and then to the right and allow your upper body to follow. You can also gently twist your torso to the left and right to release some tension and activate different muscles.
Remember our bodies are meant to move not to sit for long periods. By incorporating some movement like getting up, walking or some seated stretches you can sit with greater comfort and less pain.