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Make Sitting Safe With These Tips

By Genevieve Cunningham

Sitting is the new smoking. Have you heard this statement? Chances are pretty good that you've heard this more than once. Over the past few years, we've been warned over and over about the dangers of sitting. But is it true? The problem with this comparison is that smoking is a choice while sitting is a necessity. We have to sit and we can't get around it. We sit at the office, in the car, and in multiple other areas of our lives. But it is true that too much sitting can be bad for our health. So what can we do? If you want to be proactive in your health, take a look at how to make sitting safer with these simple tips. 

Move in Your Seat

Sitting doesn't mean you're incapable of movement. There are plenty of exercises that you can do in your seat. There are arm stretches and exercises. There are things you can do to move your legs from the knees down. There are neck and shoulder rolls. If you can't think of ways to move, do a quick search on the internet and you'll be bombarded with ideas. And if all else fails, plan to get up for a minute or two, move your body, and then sit back down. It's not a ton of movement, but it's absolutely better than none.

Work Specifically on Sitting Posture

One of the reasons why sitting is so dangerous and uncomfortable is because our posture is terrible. This is especially true if you spend a lot of hours in the sitting position. You probably catch yourself slouching or allowing your shoulders to fall forward. You may catch yourself with a sore neck because it's been bent forward over a device for hours. To negate this, focus on your posture. Sit upright, pull your shoulders back and relax them, and pull your stomach toward the spine. It takes practice, but if you improve your sitting posture, you'll eliminate a lot of pain and lower the risk of poor health.

See the Chiropractor

Chiropractic care is underutilized. We so often think of it as a cure for back pain that we miss out on the numerous potential benefits. Chiropractic care is a great choice if you have to sit often. Chiropractors will help keep your spine in good health, which then helps to minimize pain and improve function. They can also give you solid advice for maintaining your health in office conditions or other situations where sitting is necessary. And best of all, it's easy. Go to the clinic, listen and follow advice, and you'll be well on the right track.

If you really want to put your health first, start by visiting chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easier than ever before. You don't have to worry about pricing, as The Joint offers an affordable pricing plan. You don't even have to worry about making an appointment, as The Joint offers walk-in visits. You can't avoid sitting, so focus on safety and health instead. Get moving toward the best health yet with a quick stop at The Joint Chiropractic today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Atlanta, Ga.

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