If you are like millions of workers worldwide, the technological age has you sitting in front of a computer almost all day everyday. Those aches and pains you feel, such as the shooting pain down the back of your leg from the sciatica nerve, can be a result. You also might be feeling stiff and suffering from more headaches and sore joints.
Sitting too much can be the newest hazard to your health. Sitting in front of a computer is just one problem. Sitting in front of the television also adds up. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), “A study found that every hour spent in front of the television per day brings with it an 11 percent greater risk of premature death from all causes, and an 18 percent greater risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.”
Finding ways to get physical movement and exercise into your long days can be a lifesaver. Here are a few suggestions. Start with a good chair that provides posture support. Then every hour, stand up, take a stretch and walk in place a few steps.
You can do many movements even while you continue to work. For instance, roll your wrists and stretch your arms regularly during the day, such as when you’re waiting for a document to download or standing at the printer. A great way to work the core muscles is to replace your chair with a balance ball. This helps the spine as it keeps you in a constant state of motion. Move your legs, arms, and hands to keep burning calories and help your metabolism to keep going throughout the day.
If you’ve been a couch potato for a long time, start a new exercise program carefully so you don’t go too fast and hurt yourself. Take heed to the warnings of the heart association that tell you to start slow and build up your exercise capacity.
The important thing is to get up and get moving during the day. Your body will thank you for it.