Why are you sitting like that?

Sitting posture is an important factor in both your health and performance in the workplace. Why? If you consider you spend probably half your life sitting at your desk and PC, how you sit has a huge impact on your muscles, digestive system, circulation, breathing and even your bones. Sit poorly and your posture will change in a relatively short space of time as muscle imbalances develop.

Once the aches and pains begin, your sitting posture may have wider implications. It can be hard to concentration, get motivated and creative when distracted by aching muscles. When you don't feel at your best you don't perform at your best and your work may start to suffer along with your back. Once your posture begins to deteriorate it becomes a catch-22 situation as a poor chair posture leads to more and more inappropriate muscle activity just to keep you upright. A tug of war ensues as parts of you collapse and muscles struggle to maintain position.

You may try to correct your posture by attempting to sit up straight but this either becomes very uncomfortable or you forget to do it and before long you end up back in a slump. But even the conventional idea of sitting up straight is not good for you.

Back Problem Warning Signs
  • Leg pain with numbness, tingling, and/or weakness.
  • Back or leg pain with coughing or sneezing.
  • Difficulty standing up after sitting for any period of time.
  • Stiffness in the morning that decreases when you move around.
  • Pain in your hip, buttock, thigh, knee, or foot.
  • Inability to turn or bend to each side equally.
  • Unbalanced posture, when your head, neck, or shoulder may be higher on one side than the other.
  • Pain which prevents you from sleeping well.
  • Pain that persists or worsens after 48 hours.
Benefits of Good Posture
  • Helps keep bones and joints in correct alignment so muscles can be used properly.
  • Helps to decrease abnormal wear and tear of joint surfaces that could result in arthritis.
  • Decreases stress on ligaments holding joints of the spine together.
  • Prevents the spine from becoming fixed or restricted in abnormal positions.
  • Prevents fatigue as muscles are used more efficiently.
  • Prevents repetitive strain or overuse syndromes.
  • Prevents backache, muscular spasm, and headaches.
  • Helps you look strong and confident.