Does your job require you to sit for 40 or more hours per week? If you’re like the majority of Americans, the answer is yes. Hunching over a keyboard is all too easy when sitting for prolonged periods. However, bad office chair posture can cause some not-so-welcome side effects — including tension/pain in the neck, back, knees and hips, and poor circulation. The good news is, it’s possible to undo these potential issues with correct sitting posture, exercise and a supportive office chair. If you’re wondering how to improve posture while at your desk, consider the following best practices:
1. Proper sitting posture. Poor posture (e.g., slumped shoulders, protruding neck and curved spine) is the culprit of physical pain that many office workers experience. It’s crucial to be mindful of the importance of good posture throughout the workday. Aside from reducing pain and improving physical health, good posture also can boost your mood and self-confidence! Here’s how to properly sit at your computer:
2. Posture exercises. Studies recommend moving for short periods every 30 minutes or so when sitting for extended intervals to increase blood flow and re-energize the body. In addition to taking brief breaks at work, here are a few exercises to try after work to improve your posture:
3. Get a supportive chair. Correct posture is easier with the right chair. The best chairs for good posture should be supportive, comfortable, adjustable and durable. Look for the following features in your office chair:
Concept Seating sells ergonomically designed supportive chairs that encourage proper body alignment in order to improve posture, reduce pain and increase productivity. Contact Concept Seating today for more information on the ideal chair for your workplace environment.