The Best Ways To Prevent Sitting All Day For Better Spine Health

At the end of a long day, it can certainly seem tempting to simply walk to the nearest chair or couch and immediately sit down on it in order to rest your weary body and bones. While it is true that, yes, to a degree, rest is always very good for the body, and sitting is one great way to rest the body, it is also unfortunately true that the vast majority of us spend way too much time sitting down on any given day.

While this may be something that you hardly think about, once you do begin to put some thought into it, it sadly does begin to make sense. After all, for the vast majority of us, many of our days begin with us sitting in a car or on a train to commute to our work space or office. Once we arrive, we park our cabooses on our chair, right in front of a computer screen, where we will proceed to spend hours upon hours in that same position, with very little variation or position changes to add to the mix.

Finally, we commute back to our homes and find ourselves usually way too exhausted to do much other than sit and go to sleep, only to begin the process all over again the next day. The truth of the matter is that this much sitting ironically enough leads to a type of fatigue and exhaustion in the body that, while on the surface may seem like it should be healed with rest, in reality is actually causing many significant pain related issues in our bodies, and particularly in the back and spinal column area. I recently came across a very informative article post by Huffington Post Health that sheds some light on this topic, while also offering up some excellent advice on how to avoid too much sitting in one day. 

This may come across as slightly distressing for you, since it can seem impossible to change your workplace habits, but the good news is that there are very simple changes that you can make that can improve spinal health. For instance, see if you can use a stand-sit desk at work, which will encourage you to stay mobile and to switch positions often enough that your spine will not become strained in one position for too long. You may also want to consider setting an alarm to go off every thirty minutes or so in order to remind yourself to get up and stretch. Of course, one of the best things you can do for better spinal health is to see a chiropractor, so consult with a specialist at The Joint today for pain relief you can count on.

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