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!