If you work in an office, you likely already know the pains of sitting for eight hours a day, five days a week. Scientists are calling these adverse effects "sitting disease," which consists of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and low back pain. This summer, vow to take advantage of the great weather. Get up and stop sitting around so much. Here are some ideas to get you going:
Take more breaks at work
Unfortunately, we can't really change how much we need to sit down at work – or can we? Try an alternative to your standard office chair by sitting on an exercise ball throughout the day. You should also take consistent breaks (around every 20 minutes, according to Spine-Health) to stretch, walk around and get out of that seated position. If it's a nice day outside, go for a short walk to get your blood flowing and avoid the aches and pains of sitting down for too long.
Don't waste the weekend
Even on the weekends, we tend to plop ourselves on the couch or in a chair on the beach and call it relaxation. However, there are activities we can do that keep us off our butts while still engaging in that beloved summer R&R. Try some morning yoga to stretch some core muscles and get in touch with your inner self. Instead of lounging at the beach or pool, dip into the water for a swim or walk along the shoreline. There are plenty of light activities that can keep you physical all summer long.
If you're experiencing low back pain from prolonged sitting every day, schedule an appointment with a professional chiropractor today.