What Kind of Office Sitter Are You?
Stop what you’re doing! What position are you in as you are reading this? Slumped over? Up straight as an arrow? People spend too much time at their desks, and this can be the reason for aches and pains that take you to chiropractor. It’s important to know how you spend your day sitting in order to correct your posture! Here are the different types of office sitter – which one are you?
The Hunch Back
Maybe you’re really into what you’re doing, or maybe you just don’t want anyone to disturb you. Either way, this is a position that is both bad for you neck and back as well as for your social life. Sit up straighter and be proud!
The Cool Guy
If you’re just too cool for school and spend your days schmoozing around the office with your chair back to your front as your straddle it – you should stop this. Sure, you may be everyone’s friend, but that posture simply cannot be maintained for long periods without some serious consequences!
This person has a hard time sitting still for long periods. It may be annoying to the people around this person, but they have the right idea. Spending all day glued to your chair is bad for your health. It’s important to get around and move. Though a person who fidgets a lot may want to look into one of those exercise ball chairs!
Sure, this person has an incredible work ethic, but they may also drop dead at their desk from a heart attack any minute. Being sedentary is terrible for you whole body, especially your cardiovascular system. Plus, life is best lived with balance. If you spend all of your time working and not getting out, meeting new people, having fun and generally just moving around, then your life may be a short one.
The Average Joe
This may just be you, just taking any old office chair that is offered to you and making it work. Don’t just make it work! Get a chair that is supportive and will help to keep your back healthy as you work!
The Right Way to Sit
Aside from getting up at least once an hour to move around and stretch, you want to try for correct posture when you’re at your desk. This means that you should sit up with your back straight and your shoulders back. Your body weight should be distributed evenly on both hips and your knees should be bent at a 90 degree angle with your knees at about the same height as your hips. Feet should also be flat on the floor.
If you have any questions about what you can do to improve your posture at work all day, talk to your chiropractor!