"Desk Job Syndrome"

Do you sit at a desk all day ? Do you experience aches and pains after a long day of work? 
Then you probably have... "Desk Job Syndrome".

"Desk Job Syndrome" might seem harmless but research shows that there are health hazards to long periods of sitting (see our previous post). So what can you do to help reduce some of the risks?

1. Adjust your Desk Setup
Adjust your desk setup so that you sit as ergonomically as possible. Keep the items you use most often closest to you, to avoid awkward postures. 

 (Source: https://empoweredwellnessdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/ergo-1.jpg)

(Source: https://empoweredwellnessdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/ergo-1.jpg)

2. Check your Posture
Is your chin poking forward when you type? Are you slouched over your keyboard? Are your shoulders shrugged up to your shoulder?

 Source: http://antranik.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/sitting.gif

Source: http://antranik.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/sitting.gif

  • Keep your ears in line with your shoulders.
  • Sit up straight with your shoulders back.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed.
  • Distribute your weight evenly between both hips.
  • Your feet should rest flat on the floor- if not, use a small step stool.
 (Source: http://hubpages.com/health/Protect-Your-Back-Lumbar-Support-Cushion-For-Car-Seat-And-Office-Chair#)

(Source: http://hubpages.com/health/Protect-Your-Back-Lumbar-Support-Cushion-For-Car-Seat-And-Office-Chair#)

3. Use Some Support
Lumbar support cushions encourage the natural curve in your spine while you sit. Alternatively, you can roll up a small towel and place it at your low back.

 4. Get Up and Move!
Our bodies aren't built to stay still. Take a mini break every 30 mins or so by standing, getting a glass of water, maybe even add in some stretching.

5. Try Desk Yoga
Speaking of moving, here are some great exercises you can sneak in while you're at your desk!

(Source: Yoga with Adriene https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFKE7WVJfvaHW5q283SxchA)