They say desk jobs that require long hours of sitting have negative effects on our health, and I agree.
I wasn’t always a fitness freak nor have I always followed healthy living habits but I made some personal transformations over the past few years of which I am very proud. With fitness being a very important part of my life I started noticing the effects that sitting for long hours behind the computer have had on my body, and perhaps you will relate. I often found myself suffering from a stiff neck, back pains and super tight hips.
It’s no wonder you feel like a broken-down mess and experience back, shoulder, and hip pain, and carpal tunnel agony after sitting in a plane, car, or at your work desk.
So what’s the solution?
I can’t say there is one solution to counter these effects but throughout my journey so far I would recommend the below:
Get off your seat at least every 20 minutes for 5 minutes and get moving. Do some gentle stretches and get your joints and muscles moving.
Check your posture! As silly as it might sound, it is hard to notice how bad your posture is when you’re lost in that design piece or code you’re working on. Pop that chest out proudly and pull those shoulders back, and make sure you’re not over extending your back.
Exercise at least 4 times per week and do yoga or a stretching and mobility session at least twice a week. Not only will your body be in better shape but so will your mood.
Another thing I found very useful is investing in a standing desk. This allows you to get up, move, stand and stretch without having to kill your work flow. There are plenty of options out there today, or if you already have a desk you love (like i do) then hack away and customize your own extension. Check the photos above to see what I did with my desk.
Last but not least research, read and watch videos to find ways that work for you to increase your mobility and healthy posture.