Sore back? Here’s how to fix that.
If you’re anything like me, you probably find yourself plonked in front of a desk, staring at a screen for far too many hours every day.
Unfortunately, office life isn’t about to change any time soon, so most of us want to know the healthiest way to sit at a desk and not ruin your body (or is that just me)?
My biggest concern is my upper body – my back, my neck, my shoulders and my posture. I don’t want to end up looking like the lost twin of the hunchback of Notre Dame.
I’ve found that these are the best ways to support your back (even if you’re not at a desk job) and thought it only fair to share my findings with you…
1. Check up on old injuries and keep your body active.
If you have an old injury and haven’t done enough exercise between when you injured yourself and now, then you’ve only been relying on a certain set of muscles. This can result in some of your muscles shutting down, which in turn can put pressure on your spine.
Ultimately it’s all about being active and healthy. Try and use all of your muscle groups – it’s especially important to keep your core muscles working. Your back will thank you.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Triumph. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
2. Don’t lift anything too heavy or over reach.
It’s simple, don’t carry anything too heavy, and if you have to, make sure you know the right way to lift (from the knees, not the back). If you overreach – especially quickly – twist or stretch too far you can cause pain in your back.
If you do accidentally get a little excited reaching for the last square of chocolate and feel a pang, make sure you get ice or a heat pack on the painful spot as soon as possible.
3. Focus on your posture.
It’s so important, and we’re all getting so lazy with it. Hunched over our desks all day, our shoulders slowly move toward our ears and we begin to take the shape of a ball. Make sure you’re aware of your posture. All the time. Keep your shoulder blades together, your butt at the back of your chair and get up and walk around whenever possible. Don’t hunch.