There is a whole host of reasons why the way you sit is such an important part of your working life. It may be the most underestimated aspect of work when in fact it plays a major role with regards to your general health and your ability to focus. Most people think that back injuries are likely to occur if you’re lifting heavy objects or generally working on your feet.
In truth, sitting for hours on end can have the worst effect on your spine and neck muscles, resulting in what can often be regarded as chronic muscular pain in your back, neck and shoulders. There are a number of ways in which your seating position can have harmful consequences. Here’s a summary of some of the worst ways you can sit in your office or school environment.
Being active is what makes us healthy and that can lead to general complications if your job implies sitting at a desk all day. Sitting still on a regular basis without standing, stretching and working the key muscles in your body can lead to you feeling lethargic and incapable of concentrating on your work. Moving around a bit is essential if all your job requires is for you to stay seated.
Take necessary breaks when you can to stretch your spinal cord and relax the muscles in your neck, back and shoulders. It’s common to feel very stiff after a long car or train journey and you may well feel exactly the same after work. Make sure this isn’t the case for the benefit of your long term health and stretch your legs throughout the day when possible.
The chair that you sit in can have just as much of an impact on your health as the way in which you sit or the length of time that you remain seated. If you are forced to remain seated for a couple of hours or so, make sure that it’s in a comfortable seat that allows you to sit reasonably upright.
You will also need arm rests for the odd break and if you find yourself regularly typing, always make sure you adjust the height of a chair so that it works comfortably with your arms as they use the keyboard. You don’t want to be slouching in your chair either so use a chair that provides good back support or adjust a chair to meet the needs of your height.
You might also do with having the chair level with the monitor you are working with to prevent any harm to your neck muscles. Constantly looking up or down can cause your neck to feel sore, resulting in stiffness.
Continuing on from extending your neck, being hunched over a device on a constant basis can also have problematic results for your health. As your neck movements continue to accumulate during the day, your neck could potentially strain itself and your upper back will feel stiff as well.
Regularly looking up and down can potentially give you headaches which can reduce your efficiency when working in an office environment.
In order to tackle this ongoing problem, you should try and invest in something to sit your device on top of, such as a stand to reduce the constant head movements you will have to make if the device is simply placed on your desk.
About the author:
Chris Tomasz has contributed this post on behalf of Whiteleys Office Supplies, who can provide you with a wide selection of ergonomic and posture supporting chairs for the office