Posture When Sitting and Standing Impacts Back Health

By Stepy Kamei

People who are sticklers for having good manners may want to take note of the fact that posture can have a big impact on a person's overall health and wellness. In particular, being too sedentary on a regular basis can be detrimental to your well-being. It would seem to make sense that sitting down can be a good thing for your body, but too much of it can actually have a negative effect on your overall health, especially when it comes to your back and spine. Scientists and healthcare experts first started suspecting this when they noticed a correlation between the rise of sedentary lifestyles and the rise of incidences of health issues such as back pain, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease among other things. If you want to keep your back and body in good health, you'll want to know how to find a fair balance between sitting, standing, and actively moving throughout the day. 

How Much Should You Be Sitting Each Day?

Put simply, it's recommended that the average person spends no more than 60 percent of their day sitting down. This is more of a challenge than you may initially think once you begin assessing the average person's daily routine: Sit down for breakfast, sit down to commute to work, sit down at your desk, sit during meals and meetings throughout the day, sit while commuting home, and finally, being seated and relaxed at home before bed. It can seem overwhelming to try to figure out how to prevent yourself from sitting down too much each day. A good way to break up the day is to set an alarm to prevent yourself from sitting for more than two hours at a time. Every time the alarm goes off, you must -- at the very least -- stand up and stretch for two minutes, if not go for a short walk outside. 

When it comes to standing, you want to make sure your posture is good, so you aren't straining your back muscles. Keep your shoulders back and focus on making your spine as straight as it can be. Perform a body scan every hour or two (you may want to set an alarm for this as well) to make sure your posture is remaining ideal throughout the day. 

Finally, you may want to consider utilizing chiropractic care for optimal back and spine health. Walk on into the nearest location of The Joint Chiropractic clinics to get started right away. There's no appointment necessary, and many of our clinics have flexible weekend and evening hours to accommodate your hectic schedule.