Stop Sitting At Work. Yes, Even At Home!

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If you are anything like tens of millions of Americans, odds are good that you spend large swaths of your day sitting on your butt at work whether you are back in the office or still at your cozy home office. This is understandable but dangerous: Many studies show that excessive sitting can lead to pain, decreased mobility, and increased risk of serious illness or death. All of this makes it clear: You need to stop sitting at work. Of course, we don’t mean you shouldn’t sit at all, just not the entire time. Everything in moderation!
Thankfully, there are things you can do to decrease this danger or seek treatment if you are in pain from erroring on the side of sedentary life.

Why You Should Stop Sitting At Work

Excessing sitting poses real risks. It can decrease your mobility and increase your joint pain. Believe it or not, it can also damage your mental health, as studies show that an active mind and an active body are related. This means that sitting too much can allow you to fall into a rut, potentially leading to depression. Furthermore, excessive sitting is associated with an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and more.
There are, thankfully, alternatives. A standing desk that forces you to work standing for a set period can be a great way of getting off of your butt and making you move around. There are also a variety of exercises you can do that can help give your body the physical activity you need.

Exercises & Treatment for Pain Relief

There are many exercises you can do at work that can stretch your sore limbs and keep you physically active. These include:

  • Arm Pulses: Standing up at your desk and push away from your chair. Hold your arms straight at your sides, then bring them as far backward as possible, holding them there for as long as you can.
  • Arm Circles: Stand up and extend your arms parallel to the ground. Make twenty circles with your arms, then do the same in the opposite direction. 
  • Squats: Stand up and clasp your arms in front of your chest. Squat to the ground, going as low as you comfortably can before standing straight again. Repeat 10 times.
  • Calf Raises: Stand straight, then stand up your tippy toes, raising your heels off of the floor. Repeat ten times. 

If you find that you are still in pain, you may want to seek treatment, like that from a professional chiropractor or masseuse. We can also help you identify additional exercises and help put your body back into alignment, preventing pain and long-term damage.
Give us a call at (415) 521-3073 or book online now!


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