Dynamic Sitting – The Easiest Way To Keep Moving At Work

Did you know that your spine needs almost constant movement to stay healthy? 

Many people think that the spine needs to remain as straight as possible all the time. In fact, it has a natural S-shaped curve of its own. It consists of 33 bones stacked on top of each other, all with joints in between which allow for movement and flexibility. It’s also home to your central nervous system, which is linked to every process in your body, from metabolism to blood pressure to stress responses. 

How much your spine moves will always be connected with your quality of life. As we get older, we tend to incorporate less movement into our daily activities as we often spend less time exercising and move with less variability. 

A recent government survey found that 60% of UK adults and 75% of UK office workers spend around 67 hours a week sitting down. It’s also estimated that the average adult spends around 17 hours a day looking at a screen. When your daily routine is biased towards activities that keep you sedentary, your spine is given less opportunity to move and often curves forward. Extended sitting places passive loading onto the spine, which can result in musculoskeletal discomfort. Research has also shown that existing pain can actually increase over time in people who spend several hours a day sitting down. 

However, brand new research has shown that even making small changes to your work routine can improve flexibility in your spine. If your job makes it difficult to keep moving while sitting at a desk or working at a computer, there are still plenty of ways you can implement ‘dynamic sitting’, or ‘active sitting’. This allows for spinal micro-movement that keeps your spine flexible, enhances your blood flow, promotes circulation of vital nutrients and prevents deterioration of the muscles. 

The best way to start is to get up and move every thirty minutes. This could be as simple as standing up and stretching. It’s a good idea to set a timer, as this reminds you to prevent locking your spine in a hunched position for too long. If you want some inspiration for neck and shoulder stretches to do at your desk, you can watch this easy-to-follow video

If you want to take it further, look into dynamic sitting equipment that will keep your spine in motion even while you’re at your desk. Ask about the Sit-Fit at Sundial, a chiropractic-approved sitting aid that exercises the spine and pelvic floor. It’s also comfortable and discreet which makes it easy to take into work. If you work at home, it’s worth considering investing in a standing desk, which will keep you moving and your core engaged.

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