Technology has become a major part of most of our daily lives. Whether at work, at home watching Netflix or playing a video game, we spend most of our day sitting down. In general we’re just not as active as we used to be.
With so much time spent seated it’s no wonder so many of us complain of back pain. A recent survey by Adjustamatic, suppliers of adjustable beds and riser recliner chairs revealed that 1 in 5 of respondents has trouble getting out of their chair, whilst 23 feel pain when seated. With this in mind it’s important that we maintain good posture when sitting and maintain an active lifestyle around our relaxing or working time.
Whether you have the latest in comfortable technology or not it’s important that you allow yourself regular breaks from being seated. Breaks can be enjoyed by walking, or just popping to make a brew. Alternatively you could try some chair workouts:
The Chest Stretch
Once sitting upright ensure your back is a few inches from the chair. Circle your shoulders down and back and extend your arms to the side. Push your chest forward until you feel a stretch – hold for 10 seconds and repeat.
Upper Body Twist
Sit up right place arms across chest, ensuring your hands are touching your shoulders. Do not rotate your hips and move your upper body to the right and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat this movement five times each side.
Sit away from the back of the chair in an upright position. Place arms by your side and move your right knee towards your chest, and repeat with the left know. Only do this to as far as is comfortable. Repeat five times on each leg.
Sit up straight with arms by your side, then when ready raise arms above your head with palms facing forward. Only raise arms to as far as is comfortable before slowly bringing them back down to your side. Repeat five times.
So, now you know, no matter what your lifestyle there’s always time to take a break or press pause and exercise for a while.