Thursday, June 1, 2017

Desk jockey - Ergo Tips for the Seated life

You've probably seen the most recent headlines that sitting is now being linked to increased mortality rates. And as I sit here at my desk writing this post, I think to myself, when's my clock timeout?

Some of you may know, unfortunately, training is not my full-time job. Although I'm working on it, Corpo Fitness is my second career and I spend most of my day sitting at a desk in an IT position-more screen time, more chair work, less movement. So for me, it's critical that I schedule standing breaks throughout the day, generally every hour, ensuring I move my body!

"Sitting Disease" is becoming a hot topic in the health and fitness industry, especially from the ergonomics field. Physically, our bodies are folded over with our hips constantly flexed causing tight hip flexors which generally leads to low back pain and then tight hamstrings because our knees are flexed while sitting and then under active calves since we're not flexing our feet...a lot of immobility, especially when you add in the time in the car, working at our computers, in classrooms, trainings, meetings, etc.

Essentially, the lower body becomes a vessel holding blood that isn't being pumped back to the heart efficiently. The Soleus muscle is underneath our calves and is often referred to as the "second-heart" as it aides in pumping blood from the lower extremities. Often this can lead to swollen ankles and poor circulation.

So, what's one to do? Well, for this post, your "one-thing" is to move! Check your posture throughout the day and what behaviors you're exhibiting even while sitting in the car or watching TV. Use this infographic below from the American Posture Institute to see how you're stacking up, literally, vertebrae by vertebrae.

In health,
Corpo Fitness