For many people today, workdays consist of being tied down to a desk and a rather uncomfortable chair. If you are one of the millions of individuals that is a desk jockey all day long, then chances are you have felt the pain and discomfort that come from sitting in this position for hours a day. Unfortunately, for many individuals who find themselves working in these jobs, there is little that they can do to change the way they work or how often they are required to stay at their desk. The good news is, if you are required to sit at your desk for hours at a time, there are ways that you can keep your spine, and your body, healthy.
Change Your Monitor’s Position
In today’s tech-centered world, there is no getting around being stuck in front of a computer all day. Looking down or straight at your screen can do a great deal of damage to your neck. Raise your computer screen up several inches so that the top of your screen is level with your eyes. So many people today are seeing serious degeneration in their neck and in their spinal curve, simply because they spend so much time looking down at computer screens and technology. Many are giving this the nickname “text neck” and sometimes the damage is so serious it cannot be reversed. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t prevent it from getting worse by making simple changes to your desk setup.
Don’t Be Afraid to Move
Set a timer every hour and make sure that you are moving. This can mean stretching your arms above your head, getting up and walking around or even standing at your desk. The longer you stay in a sitting position the worse off you will be. It is best to try to work standing, as it is proven to decrease fatigue, but not all offices provide their employees with desks that can accommodate standing while working. Simply making the effort to stand up from time to time is enough to keep your muscles loose your joints healthy.
Give Yourself a Reason to Walk Around
Give yourself a reason to walk around by filling up your water glass only a little at a time. (By the way, you should be drinking at least eight glasses per day). This will make you get up, walk around and get moving. The average person sits for over nine hours a day, and this causes the enzymes that break down fat to drop by 90% and increases your chances for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Simply walking around this little is a simple yet effective way to decrease the amount of time you are sitting at your desk, while helping you to drink enough water.
Of course, the best thing that you can do for your spine, your body and your nervous system is to get adjusted. Sitting at a desk all day can cause your spine to shift out of alignment and put unnecessary pressure on your spine that can cause a lifetime of damage. Regular adjustments are the best way to prevent damage from taking a hold of your vertebrae and your discs and to ensure that you can stay healthy and pain free.
These are all simple, yet effective habits that any person who sits at a desk for a long period of time can start doing. They may seem like little changes, but over time, these modifications to your routine can end up vastly improving your overall health and well being. Make these changes and you will see the benefits not only in your spinal health but in your everyday life as well.