Work Habits for a Healthy Back

American adults are spending more time than ever at work. In fact, a 40 hour work week is seldom really 40 hours. You’re more likely to spend between 50 and 60 hours at the office on any given week. With this large amount of time spent at work, it’s becoming more and more difficult to stay on top of our health. There just never seems to be enough time once we clock out.

Luckily, there are some easy ways to stay healthy even though your time is obligated to your job. One area of your health that needs special attention at work is the health of your back. After all, how many times have you or someone you know complained about a sore back after a long day at work? Probably a lot. To keep your back, and therefore your health, in good shape, check out these tips for keeping your back in great health while on the job.

Exercise at Work

So, you don’t have enough time to hit the gym. Instead, go ahead and work out while you’re there. You probably won’t be able to run miles, lift weights, or do a class, but you can sneak in some exercise. During your break, walk a lap. Instead of taking the ramp or elevator, go ahead and take the stairs. Alternate between sitting and standing while on the computer or phone. If you have an office to yourself, shut the door and get in a few squats, push-ups, or stretching. There are lots of ways that you can add a little bit of exercise without worrying with the gym after hours.

Pay Attention to Posture

Posture is a big deal. I know it seems like it’s a minor part of life, but it can make a really big difference for your back. To keep better posture at work, first go for ergonomics. Buy a chair that is made for your back. Try out a standing desk. Play with the height of your desk and seating arrangement. It’s also important to keep your electronics at eye level to avoid bending the neck. Keep your shoulders back and relaxed, and pull your belly button towards your spine in order to straighten out the back. Improving your posture can keep the pain out of your back and your health in better overall shape.

Chiropractic Care

Getting regular chiropractic care is one of the best things you can do for your back. A chiropractor may be able to fix misalignments of the vertebrae of the spine. When these misalignments are present, it can cause a lot of tension and pain. Fixing them can mean a healthier back and body. While this step can’t necessarily be done while at work, The Joint...the Chiropractic Place makes it easy to get care. With walk-in appointments, you can get help on your own schedule. A chiropractor at The Joint may be able to align your spine and keep your back healthy so that you can stay healthy on the clock and off.

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