Monday, February 9, 2015
Are You Sitting Correctly?
We know that proper posture can become an afterthought when your kicking back on the couch. That being said, embracing a few simple practices will help you lounge more comfortably. If you're worried about using your coffee table as a foot rest, don't be! In fact, kicking your feet up when sitting on the couch will actually put less stress on your heart. Have one of those fancy flat screens mounted above your fireplace? Be sure to support your neck properly when sitting and looking up to watch your favorite show. A good pillow will do the trick. You don't want to strain your neck to watch TV, looking up for long periods of time can cause problems you could otherwise avoid by sitting properly. Lastly, consider adding another small pillow behind your when sitting. While your couch is no doubt comfy, adding a lower pillow in the lumbar area will provide even greater support. If we make these practices habits while lounging in our recliners, improved support and comfort is sure to follow!
In The Car
Whether your on your way to work or running up to the local market, it's important to practice good posture in your vehicle. Take your time before speeding out of the driveway. Recline your seat to 110 degrees, or as close to it as possible. If you're vehicle doesn't have an adjustable lumbar support feature, consider using a back pad or even small pillow. It's a big help! Believe it or not, proper hand placement will also affect your posture when sitting behind the wheel. While 10 and 2 is what we've always heard, lower placement like 9 and 3 is actually more posture friendly. An ergonomic sitting position behind the wheel, especially during long road trips, will prevent those annoying body creeks and crazy stretches we see everyone doing at rest stops!
Most of us spend 8 to 10 hours a day sitting behind the office desk. With this much time spent in our office chairs, practicing proper posture is a must! Start by positioning your computer monitor correctly. You don't want to be staring down or up at your screen, so align your monitor to eye level. Next you'll want to adjust your chair to suit your body's needs. While many will spend thousands on high tech ergonomic office chairs, few take the time to adjust them as needed and end up sitting incorrectly for long stretches. Recline the chair back slightly so there's a comfortable angle between your thighs and torso. Make it a habit to keep your back in contact with your chair as much as possible. Adjust your chair arms, seat height, and tilt tension features as well to find the perfect sit. Integrating helpful ergonomic office accessories like articulating keyboard trays will also help you sit more effectively and healthier! Don't settle for discomfort in the workplace when the solution is right at your fingertips. Adjust your chair, screen, and accessories daily to reach your peak performance levels.