Our bodies are not designed to sit for hours on end, yet many of us are guilty as charged. Research shows that a sedentary lifestyle can shorten lifespans, and the negative effects of long-term sitting are irreversible. On average, office workers spend around 77% of the day sitting down, be it at a desk, eating meals, driving to or from work, catching public transport or even watching TV at night.
The good news is, there are ways to develop a new habit of sitting less. Read on to find out the health problems caused by a desk-bound job and steps to alleviate or prevent them:
1. Lower back pain
This is a very common problem amongst office workers, especially if desks and chairs aren’t ergonomic. Lower back pain can become a chronic condition and lead to bigger problems in future.
Ways to prevent lower back pain:
- Get a good chair that can be adjusted to support your lower back and has five wheels. If your chair doesn’t work properly anymore, ask for a new one!
- Use a cushion for extra support.
- Stand up and move about frequently.
- Maintain a good posture by sitting all the way back in your chair, hands parallel to the floor and resting on the desk. Avoid crossing your legs too often as this restricts blood flow and also puts strain on your back.