Without proper support from your office chair, while you sit at a desk or adequate support while sitting on any piece of furniture during the day, your back will likely begin to hurt. Find a chair that has ergonomic support, such as one that has a cushion at the lower back area. Try to move around during the day so that you aren't sitting in one position for long periods of time.
The Effects of Sitting Too Long
Your body needs to get a proper amount of physical activity. You shouldn't sit down at your desk and stare at the computer screen for eight hours a day, without taking a break. Although you might be tempted to stay at your desk for eight hours and just surf the internet for the whole time, there are many ways to keep in shape at your desk while working. You can participate in different exercises and stretches, or try to burn a few extra calories by getting up and stretching or exercising in the middle of the day. Stretching Exercises to Try You should stretch your lower back before you sit down at your desk, every hour or so. Also, you can try a seated calf raise. When you lift one leg into the air, you should feel a stretch in your back as your weight is transferred to the calf muscles.
The Right Office Chair
Vestibular function. Since your neck and head need to be balanced, a chair that you sit in will help you maintain your posture by supporting your head, neck and shoulders. Grip ability. Your hands need to be in a position that supports your whole body. A firm grip is better than a loose grip that puts too much strain on your hands and arms. Hip and pelvic alignment. Your hips and pelvis need to be in a neutral position so that you don't lose range of motion. Sleep Position: When you are not working, you may want to rest your head on a pillow while resting your back on your bed. While in this position, you want to maintain a flat posture with the neck in a straight position and your back in a neutral position, while leaning slightly forward, keeping your body upright.
Making The Adjustments
Have a chair that adjusts and swivels to the right position when you're in a standing position Take a few short breaks, such as a quick walk up and down the stairs or around the office, every hour or so When sitting in your chair, check the back support regularly If you can't sit in your chair for more than 20 minutes without taking a break, then it might not be the best chair for you. A sitting position with insufficient back support can result in ongoing back pain. Swiveling a chair back to the correct position helps reduce aches and pains in the back Sitting in a straight-backed, heavy leather office chair with a rounded or angled back or too much cushioning in the seat area is a recipe for chronic back pain and back injuries.
Now that you know some of the best things to avoid while sitting, you're sure to find yourself making sure to work on all of these while seated. Try not to just sit in one position for long periods of time and focus on moving around as much as possible. These simple adjustments to your sitting habits can help you to feel better and have better posture when you sit down.