Each year, at least $50 billion is spent to treat lower back pain. This pain is not always created by an isolated incident. It is often brought on when muscles are underused, underdeveloped, imbalanced, and therefore inadequate. This is only one of a handful of potential problems that comes from us sitting on our butts all day. Alongside of that back pain, you might find yourself with some neck pain, maybe a little carpal tunnel, and a few extra inches around that midsection. The research is out there. If you sit for extended periods of time, you will shorten your life. This is one of the most easily avoidable things. All you have to do is get up and move!
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Most of the structural problems associated with sitting come from sitting in an unnatural position for extended periods of time. Most back, neck, and other muscle pains are related to imbalanced absorption of force throughout your body, created by working in these unnatural positions. One solution: stand up and do your work. For some this may not be an option. If that's the case, change your seated position, and change it often. Readjust and realign your body every 20-30 minutes all while maintaining proper body alignment. If you have some time throughout the day, perform the following sequence "borrowed" from Kelly Starrett of Supple Leopard fame. This sequence will help reverse some of the effects of sitting in a flexed hipped position with your shoulders rolled forward.
The sun just popped out, it is time to get out and do a little work!
Chris is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He has recently served as a high school football and wrestling coach. Chris loves swinging kettlebells around, watching football and reading books!