The act of sitting and maintaining static postures for prolonged periods has become a common demand in many modern job environments. Evolution of technology has led to increasingly sedentary roles, resulting in individuals spending extensive hours seated at desks or workstations. Sure, this sedentary nature of work has its advantages in terms of productivity and focus. However, prolonged sitting can lead to issues such as muscle stiffness, poor circulation, and postural imbalances, which may contribute to discomfort and musculoskeletal problems over time.
In this blog we are going to show you six exercises that can help you to unwind the stiffness and reduced those muscle imbalance that come from holding any posture for an extended period.
While sitting for extended periods for work is for many of us a fact of life, it doesn't have to lead to aches and pains. Caring for your body regularly throughout the day with these six exercises and your body will thank you. If you're looking for some more exercises that are more specific to your posture book an appointment with one of our exercise physiologists and we'll help build you a routine that keeps you moving and feeling stronger and more comfortable in your posture.
We can even work with you remotely to develop a treatment plan to help you reach any goals you may have, whether that be improving your posture to feel strong rather than stiff and weak or to reduce any aches and pains you may be experiencing.
Did you know we can see you via Telehealth as well as face to face. Telehealth has proven to be a fantastic option to help our clients reach their health goals when coming into Simply Stronger is not the easiest option. As an added bonus we can visibly see your workspace (both at home and in the office) to develop plans of where and how you can complete exercises within your work day, and how to break up those long sitting periods. Helping you to get moving and feeling better in your body.
Challenging the concept of "Bad Posture"
Posture has been a topic of concern for generations, with many people associating it with health problems and physical discomfort. We have been taught to believe that "bad posture" can lead to a myriad of issues, from back pain to decreased lung capacity. However, it's time to question whether the concept of "bad posture" is an accurate representation of how our bodies function. In this blog, we'll explore the notion that there is no such thing as bad posture and how adopting a more holistic perspective on our body mechanics can lead to a healthier and more accepting approach to our physical selves.
The Myth of "Bad Posture"
The term "bad posture" implies that there is a correct, one-size-fits-all way of holding our bodies, but this idea oversimplifies the complexity of human anatomy. Each person's body is unique, and what might be considered "bad posture" for one individual could be completely normal and functional for another.
Our bodies are incredibly adaptable and more resilient than we think. They can adjust to various positions and movements, and adapt to the load they are exposed to. Rather than focusing on the rigid idea of "good or bad posture," it is essential to understand that our bodies are designed to move and change their alignment based on our activities and needs.
Embracing Diversity in Postures
The human body is not meant to be static or fixed in a single position. Our ancestors, who led a more active and varied lifestyle, did not have the luxury of ergonomically designed chairs or desks. They moved, squatted, and knelt in different postures throughout the day, which helped them build strength, flexibility, and resilience.
Today, we should strive to embrace this diversity of movement in our daily lives. Instead of obsessing over maintaining a supposedly "ideal posture," we should focus on incorporating more movement and variety into our routines. Whether it's through strength training, stretching, or regular breaks from sitting, giving our bodies the opportunity to experience different postures can promote a healthier musculoskeletal system.
Comfortable and Capable Posture
Instead of thinking about our posture as good or bad we should consider
You can begin by paying attention to how your body feels during various activities, this can help you recognise when we need to shift positions or take breaks. Holding certain postures for extended times is simply a fact of modern life. For some of us this can feel quite comfortable, for other however it can be tiring and lead to discomfort. In out next blog post we will explore six exercises to help you unwind a static posture. So make sure you're following us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all our tips over the month of August as we discuss posture all month long.
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