Sitting Is The New Smoking

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With the average American sitting more than 9 hours a day for work, it's no wonder why low-back pain is one of the top reasons for disability. We’re not just talking about ‘desk jockeys’ either, how you relax - or watch Netflix - falls into the same category. I’ll limit the amount of “Doom and Gloom” information and focus more on what you can do to help combat the need for sitting at work, or at home! In an ideal world, your sitting posture would be much like that figure above on the left. The angles in green (135°) and red (90°) are referring to the angle between your lumbar spine and femur. Here are some key features: Knees are below the hips, with thighs angled downward. Feet are flat on the floor. Hips, ribcage, and head are aligned over one another. There is a gentle curve (lordotic) in the low back. Now, if you don’t have a fancy “saddle” chair or medicine ball to sit on, its easier to obtain an ideal position if you put your sit-bones on the very edge of your chair. Feel as if your pelvis is tipping forward, while you gently maintain a gentle curve in your low-back. No one expects you to get your protractor out and measure every time you sit, but hopefully you’ll learn to distinguish the feeling of when your low back is rounding and your hips are flexed - or what we refer to as the collapsed lawn chair posture. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what minor adjustments in your sitting posture can do for your overall health. And if you’re really feeling crazy, add a 2-5min micro break every half hour - just stand, move around, maybe even a little yoga? Because at the end of the day, motion is lotion; we are meant to move!

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