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Top posture tips worth knowing!

If you’re reading this article you may, like many, be using a computer at a desk or similar. Even though it may not be as important for casual surfers, the correct posture for when sitting and standing can have a drastic impact on your long term health. Correct posture can help to ward off joint degeneration and help with your breathing patterns. Correct posture and standing up straight isn’t something we should practice as a young child during school registry – It should be a part of our everyday lives.

Having bad posture can create lower back problems!

Having bad posture can create lower back problems!

Take a look at some of the Health Hideout’s top tips for the perfect posture:

  • Don’t be static – If you work in a desk style environment, it’s important to change things up a bit during your shift in front of the computer screen. Standing up every 20 minutes will do wonders for your circulation, whilst arm stretches and neck rolls will help to loosen everything up. Take in a big deep breath whilst you do so and you’ll feel energized to continue!
  • Careful when carrying – If you move items at work that are of a heavy load, follow all appropriate health and safety guidelines. Consult your supervisor if you’re unsure with specifics. Just because you can move something, it doesn’t mean it’s safe. If you carry a backpack or similar to work each day, use both straps – alternate arms with single strap bags.
  • Reduce heel usage – They are popular with the fashion gurus amongst us, but heels can accentuate the natural curve of your spine long term. Try to wear them less during the working week and you’ll notice a difference in no time.
  • Adjust the car seats – Prevent yourself from slouching whilst traveling long distances, by having the seat adjusted to an upright position. It may seem uncomfortable at first, but you’ll soon get used to it. Your back and spine will thank you for it!
  • Keep yourself in check – During your everyday pottering around at work or at home, try to monitor your posture in a mirror or reflection. You’ll soon notice if your slouching, so try to eliminate your poor posture habits one step at a time.

Posture is something that many of us develop over time without even thinking, so it can be difficult to change your ways overnight. Try to cut out the slouching as this builds pressure on the bottom of your spine. There is danger of being “over straight” too, so don’t over compensate. Once you eliminate your bad habits, your posture will be of royal standards in no time!

 

Getting up at work is ‘good for the heart’

With the increasing number of computer and telephone related jobs you may find yourself stuck behind your office desk for many hours at a time. However, new research suggests that if you can interject these prolonged seating periods with standing up and stretching your legs then your heart will thank you. Taking lots of short minute length breaks throughout the day was not only shown to help your heart but can also help keep your waist size under control.

Barack Obama sitting at the Resolute desk

The study looked at 4,757 adults aged 20 years old and over by Dr Healy and his colleagues who were conducting the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survery between 2003 and 2006. Each participant carried out their normal daily routine while wearing a small walking and running sensor to monitor movements during the day. The study also took measurements of blood fats, waist circumference, cholesterol levels and and blood pressure.

The study which was presented in the European Heart Journal further confirms the idea that sitting down for long periods of time is bad for your health. The study noted that those who sit for longer periods of time tended to have larger waistlines and lower levels of the good HDL cholesterol. Lead researcher Dr Healy said, “Our research showed that even small changes, which could be as little as standing up for one minute, might help to lower this health risk.”

“It is likely that regular breaks in prolonged sitting time could be readily incorporated into the working environment without any detrimental impact on productivity, although this still needs to be determined by further research. Stand up, move more, more often’ could be used as a slogan to get this message across.”

Amy Thompson, a senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation gave the following advice; “If you’re in the office, walk to someone’s desk instead of sending an e-mail and avoid the lift by taking the stairs. Regular physical activity is essential to protect cardiovascular health.”

Top Tips to Maintain a Healthy Heart at Work

  • Take the stairs instead of the lift when going to and from your office
  • Walk across the office to see a colleague instead of phoning or emailing
  • Stand up when taking telephone calls
  • Move bins and printers to an area where you need to walk to them

Thanks to the BBC Health for these health tips.