The average person will spend more than 18 years of their life sitting down. And, a huge proportion of that, for office-based workers and those now working from home at their desks. That’s four and a half hours each day seated at your computer! (Seven when you count other sitting time).
It can all add up to a huge host of problems with your back if you have incorrect postures and your desk is not set-up correctly.
Does Posture Affect Your Day?
Our spines fall naturally into three slight curves. The neck and the lower back, or lumbar, should form a C shaped curve, known as lordosis. The mid and upper back should have a smaller reversed C shape, referred to as kyphosis.
The trouble starts when the natural curvature of the spine is consistently forced out of position. And it is due to the way we sit during the working day.
The spine is composed of segments and spinal discs that give flexibility, range of movement, and shock absorption to our bodies.The trouble starts when the natural curvature of the spine is consistently forced out of position. And it is due to the way we sit during the working day. Click To Tweet
The Day as Blogger or Small Biz Owner Sitting
However, with the modern lifestyle of poor sitting postures, working on computers all day, and bending over our mobile phones, we can alter the natural curvature of the spine. Thus, causing changes that have the potential to significantly alter our quality of life.
Degenerative joint conditions, neck pain, lower back pain, slipped discs and severe headaches are just some of the consequences you may already have experienced.
Sitting all day is does affect your posture as a blogger or small business owner.
Take it from me, I’ve been in PT and at a chiropractor this year after getting steroid injections from all of this! Sitting for long hours is not good for you and your posture plays a huge role in it!Sitting all day is does affect your posture as a blogger or small business owner. #InspireToThrive Click To Tweet
Working and Staying Healthy
When it comes to our working day, this isn’t great news. Physical discomfort stops us from focusing properly. This pain affects our productivity.
By getting to understand more about our desk and seating, and how to correctly adjust them so we are sitting right. This will support our backs and we can avoid the discomfort.
This infographic shows the different component parts of an executive office chair, and how you can understand their effect on your posture and working life:
Infographic Design By Autonomous
Other Tips to Help Offset How Posture Affects Your Day
- Invest in a good chair and desk for your home office. You’ll be so happy you did as I did over a year ago now.
- Be sure to take breaks often. Don’t sit for more than 1/2 hour at a time. Stand up, stretch at least!
- Sit straight while you are working away on the computer.
- Invest in a standing desk so you are not sitting for such long periods of time. You can use both in your office or at another location in your home or office too.
- Schedule in your breaks so you don’t forget as I often have done over the years. And then, it was too late and I needed medical attention 🙁
Other Tips to Help Offset How Posture Affects Your Day #InspireToThrive Click To Tweet
Yes, you can always learn from my mistakes here at Inspire To Thrive! ~ Lisa
What are you doing to sit better throughout your day blogging or working in your small business? How many hours per day do you sit for?
I’d know to know how you are doing with this, please leave a comment below and share on your social media networks!