Sitting for long periods throughout the day can wreak havoc on your posture and respiratory muscles[i] as well as alter your natural positioning – rounding of the shoulders, curvature in the upper back and tightness in your hip flexors and hamstrings.
Standing throughout the day or at least for brief periods is a great way to combat these problems. Here are two ways to perfectly incorporate it into your day.
Create a standing desk
Standing activates your deep lying core muscles and therefore combing your need to work and the practically of doing so whilst on your feet, the winning combination. One simple change can improve your posture, decrease your lower back pain[ii] and help maintain your productivity and general fitness levels. WIN WIN!
The best way to set up your desk is in a position which allows for minimal curvature of the spine without being too high that you're having to raise your shoulders as you type. I personally find that somewhere around sternum height works perfectly.
When you’re making a call, listening to a podcast or watching the news in the morning, try and do so on your feet.
Pacing around whilst on the phone can quickly help you rack up your daily steps. Spending the first few hours of your day on your feet can really make a difference, especially we tend to have to sit more in the evenings – family dinners and downtime activities like watching the television. Plus, postural cueing (the act of sitting/standing properly) is way more natural on your feet.
For those of you who would like more help with decreasing the tension and pain in your lower-back, click here for my 8-minute fix.
I’d love to know how you’re getting on whilst working from home, so please reach out below!
JC and The Nutri-Team