Even if you know that sitting down for too long is bad, it's so easy to get wrapped up in what you're doing at work that you forget where you are. When this happens, it's probably time to get up and walk around. Trouble is, you might not physically realize how much stress you're putting on your body. So how can you get more aware?
There are several signs you could look for, but here are a few obvious ones. If you notice any of these things, it could be your cue to take a break and do some stretches. If you feel persistent pain after this, a visit to the doctor may be in order instead:
- Curving posture: Is your posture changing the more time you spend at your desk? Do something about it by getting a new chair, standing up and turning your body. A sore back can be a pretty good sign that you're spending too much time in one position.
- Gaining weight: This is an obvious one, but no less true. Sit too long and you're depriving yourself of the chance to walk around and expend energy. With extra pounds also come increased risk for dangerous conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, so take this seriously.
- Joint pain: Another side effect of the sedentary life. Think you've got swollen ankles or the symptoms of arthritis? Get some exercise to break up the monotony of sitting at your desk. You can put your body through a lot of pain without even realizing it.
Above all, make sure you get professional advice from a licensed chiropractor for any serious condition. You'll want to know you can trust this person and that their diagnosis is based on real knowledge.