The Ideal Sitting Posture Concept Reframed

BY ANTHONY 


@NNEENZYY 

 

MAY, 2021

 

Prolonged poor sitting posture is one the most common findings in the office and university setting today. As workers and students dive deep into their work, they tend to find themselves adopting a hunched over “banana-like” posture for a considerable portion of their day. As many of us know and have likely experienced before (myself included), this eventually leads to aches and pains in the neck, upper back and shoulders.

 

Now you’ve probably heard this all before – and you’ve also been told to sit in the ideal upright posture throughout the day. Shoulders back, chin tucked, face forward, feet planted and so on. But as you know this requires a huge amount of effort both physically and consciously. 

 

Instead of trying to maintain an ideal sitting posture during the day, we should instead look to take care of our bodies in the hours that we aren’t seated. 

 

So, what may this look like?

1. TAKE Regular breaks from sittinG

Getting up to move the body will do wonders in keeping aching joints and muscles at bay.

2. mobility work

Find the time to incorporate mobility exercises into your day to alleviate muscle and joint stiffness.

3. STRENGTH work

Through building muscle strength, we will in turn build joint support and stability. Furthermore, eccentric and isometric work will help to improve tendon health and muscle flexibility. All benefits that our body will thank us for in the long run.

Take Home

THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY TO RESET AFTER A LONG DAY SEATED

Movement 1 

THORACIC CAT/CAMEL

Purpose: Improve flexion and extension in the thoracic spine

 

Instruction: 

  1. Start on all fours
  2. Push up and round your back up towards the sky (flexion)
  3. Relax your back and let it drop down towards the floor (extension)
  4. Repeat
 

Load: 3×10 each day

Movement 2

Side-lying Thoracic Rotations

Purpose: Improve rotation in the thoracic spine

Instruction:

  1. Start side-lying on the floor
  2. Bring your knees to 90 degrees flexion and your hips to above 90 degrees flexion to create a subtle round in your low back
  3. Your bottom hand holds your knees down to the floor
  4. Your top hand reaches forward to initiate the movement and then peels back in an attempt to try and touch the floor behind you, thus creating rotation in your thoracic spine

Load: 3×10 each day.
You may do an extra set on the side with less range of motion

Movement 3

Chin Tucks

Purpose: Improve deep neck flexor strength as well as neck posture

 

Instruction:

  1. Start seated
  2. Place your index finger on your chin
  3. Use your neck muscles to consciously retract your chin away from your finger
  4. Hold this position for 2s and repeat
 

Load: 3×10 each day. 

 

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