Recently there have been a lot of articles discussing the harmful effects of sitting and some say it is even a disease!! A few of the dangers of sitting: Tight psoas which pulls on the discs in the lower back and causes damage to the spine. Slouched shoulders that overextend the muscles of our neck and traps causing that stiff neck of yours.
That hurts my back just thinking about it. Sometimes though, that is life and we can't get a walking treadmill desk or a stability ball to sit on. So how can you make those long hours of sitting better for your health?
Let's start with the proper posture for sitting. I wrote about how to stand correctly before and sitting utilizes the same basic principles. Sitting is as much an exercise as standing is. Before you flop down into your chair, round your back, slump your shoulders forward, and tilt your pelvis under, stand up tall and brace your abs. Squeeze your butt, pull your rib cage down and find that neutral alignment of your spine. From there, reach your butt back into the chair while keeping your abs engaged. Now sit up nice and tall without hyper-extending your back.
We don't do hollow rocks simply to torture your abs. We do them to strengthen the hollow body position that you should apply to EVERYTHING you do in life. Standing, sitting, running, you name it. Sitting all day in a bad position is a recipe for shoulder and back pain and who has time for that? If you can't make it to the gym to work out or take a walk, at least focus on sitting correctly and being mindful of your posture. That way when you do workout you won't have tedious aches and pains and minimal range of motion through your joints.