During these unprecedented times, many of us are having to work from home or home school the children. This invariably involves us sitting for longer periods and often at unsuitable workstations (dining tables, kitchen work surfaces, couches etc). Working at these unsuitable locations can have a negative effect on your level of discomfort, pain, stiffness and your mental health.
Prolonged sitting is known to be a cause of low back pain, neck and shoulder pains. It can also have detrimental effects on blood pressure, cholesterol levels, diabetic control and mental health. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to move regularly to try offset the negative effects of prolonged sitting.
We recommend setting an alarm on your phone for at minimum, every hour, to get up and move about. This could be just to walk around the room, go up and down the stairs, do some light strength exercises (squats/lunges/press ups) or do some stretches. Below are some examples of stretching exercises that you could do whilst seated to combat the effects of prolonged sitting. Also, check out our Facebook page for inspiration on exercises that you could do to break up your day.
Do get in touch if you have any questions at this time. Although we’re not open for face to face contact, we are now offering secure, video consultations. So, give us a call or email us if you are having any issues that you think we could help with.