Jocelyn Campbell wrote:Leslie and Assaf - great tips, thank you!! My back thanks you, too.
Tip of the week:
Always be stretching. Small, subtle movement can do a lot to combat the negative health effects of sedentary work. While seated, place one foot on the floor and the other across our knee to stretch the muscle deep in your hip. While talking on the phone, stand up and stretch your foot tendons and calves using a rolled up yoga mat.
Alter positions. Don't use the same chair all day if you can do some work on a nearby sofa or even cross-legged on the floor.
Talk and walk: Make work calls in bunches so you can walk around the neighborhood while you chat.
Add mini workouts. 10 pushups here and 20 squats there provide benefits you won't get from an after-office trip to the gym. Hanging from a chin-up bar for just a minute every hour can also reverse some of the ill effects of sitting.
Xisca Nicolas wrote:
Sitting contracts the powerful psoas muscle (whle books are written about this sole muscle!)
So when you get up, espacially fast, you strech it, and it might reacts by contracting powerfully, especially if you have been sitting a long time.
This can even cause a lumbago...
The psoas can be spasmed, espacially if you have been involved in experiences needing to protect your tummy. This is the foetus posture.
You can suspect you have this unnoticed chronic contraction if you like keeping your knees up when you lie down on your back.
Notice that most sofas induce sitting with your knees higher than your hip. Appart from contracting the psoas more, in induces a lower back bad posture.