Wellness The Sitting Disease: Learning How to Sit Properly

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Learn how to sit properly, so you can get an idea of what’s happening with your body!

Most of us sit a lot during the day, and I mean a lot. If you’ve got a desk job, you’re sitting for at least 8 hours a day.

Then there’s driving, eating, sitting on the Loo, watching TV and any of the other activities that keep us glued to a chair.

If this sounds like your life, then you’d better learn how to sit properly, or you’re going to suffer from back pain, sooner rather than later.

Here’s the thing with sitting:

  • it shortens and tightens your hip flexors, which increases compression on your lumbar spine.
  • it shortens and tightens your hamstrings, which pulls your pelvis into a posterior pelvic tilt and enhances the likelihood that you’ll suffer a bulging or herniated disc.
  • it weakens and inhibits the big, powerful glutes, which forces the low back muscles to work harder than they should.

So if you don’t sit properly, you will suffer…

  • Your thoracic (upper spine) and shoulders get rounded and your head protrudes forward, causing even more stress on the low back from up top.
  • Your low back is getting hit from above and below until it finally screams, “ENOUGH!” and throws a temper tantrum (spasm) and puts you out for a few days (or weeks).

Solutions?! Well, KEEP MOVING!

 

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