It's no surprise that a sedentary lifestyle can lead to weight gain and poor health. Dr Lee, founder of Touch of Life Chiropractic in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, says, "Sitting for extended periods of time year after year can add to decreased circulation, slower metabolism, blood sugar imbalance, and create stress on postural muscle balance." This doesn't mean it's time to quit your desk job or chuck your TV; it simply means you need to improve your sitting posture.
Dr Lee has a holistic approach to healthy posture that goes beyond simply sitting up straight.
Your chair can help or hurt your healthy posture efforts. Dr Lee suggests, "Sit in a chair with low back/lumbar support or put a small pillow behind your lower back, resting your buttocks and mid-back against the chair.
Even the best chair won't improve your posture if you tend to slouch, hunch over your keyboard, or cross your legs.
Next time you sit, try this:
Dehydration can make you tired and more likely to slump while you sit. Drink water, tea or juice throughout the day to stay well hydrated.
Move regularly, getting up every 15 to 30 minutes to stretch, move and breathe. If possible, take a brisk walk or fit in a mini fitness class. The increased circulation will boost your energy and even keep you from oversnacking at your desk.
You likely spend five to eight hours a day in your bed, which can have a significant impact your posture. Dr Lee says, "Sleep better by making sure your mattress offers support and is one that can be 'rotated' every few months to prevent body indentations."
Whether you have a corporate desk job, a home office, or spend a lot of time in the car, tune in to your posture while you sit during the day. It will not only improve your energy, relieve tension, and improve your health, it will also keep you looking your best.
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