For many people, work tends to require sitting down for most of the day, often at a desk in an office. This can often lead to stiffness and pain. In this video, Pete Egoscue, Posture Specialist and founder of The Egoscue Method, shows you some exercises and tips to stay pain free.
Nowadays there is so much focus on getting the ‘correct’ kind of chair, and mouse, and keyboard, and desk height, and mouse position, and monitor position and so on. I show you how to do this in this article.
This is important, but what’s also important is the body you bring to the work station.
What does this mean?
Well, if your body is strong, balanced, with a solid posture, you’ll cope better with the demands of sitting at work all day, compared to if your body is weak, unbalanced and has poor posture.
How can you work on this?
Do a daily set of posture correction exercises that improve the balance of your muscles, and thus your posture.
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Some other things you can do include moving more during the day by getting up every half an hour or at least once an hour, and going to the toilet, getting a glass of water etc. Try going on a short walk for lunch. Make phone calls while standing up or walking around the office. Have a ‘walking meeting’ – where instead of sitting down for your meeting, you walk outside with your colleague(s) and discuss the matter at hand.
Take care and I hope this helps!
Ameet Bhakta BSc, DipHE – I’m a Posture Correction Specialist certified by the Egoscue Institute, and founder of Health Through Posture.