How are you sitting right now? Are you slouching? Are you sitting perfectly upright? Many of us spend hours each day sitting at desks getting up only to walk to the photocopier or kitchen. Many offices even have lunches delivered direct to the door. Our sedentary lifestyles are becoming more and more commonplace and it could be very bad for your posture and your overall health.
6 Out Of 10 People In The UK Classified As ‘Sedentary’
A study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology shows that 6 out of 10 people in the UK live a sedentary lifestyle. This means they do very little activity outside of their normal day to day routine.
How we sit and how we carry ourselves can have a very negative impact on back health. If you are constantly grimacing when bending over, worrying about nagging back pain or you are forever fidgeting in your chair to get comfortable, you could have a problem with posture.
Why Is The Way We Sit So Important?
According to leading personal trainer, Kristoph Thompson, our bodies are designed to move rather than staying in one position for too long. If you stay in a position for hours on end, it can have a detrimental effect on the spine.
How often have you had to stretch after sitting in the same position for too long? This is your body’s way of telling you that you need to straighten that spine out again and ease your aching muscles. You may also suffer from other problems such as muscle and joint pain and even headaches.
Who Is Most At Risk?
Anybody can suffer from back pain whether they are male, female, young or old. However, there are some factors that could push up your risk of suffering from this troublesome and sometimes totally debilitating condition.
Lifestyle: Exercise can work wonders for your posture and back health. Even if you simply take a walk around the block at lunchtime, you will be moving, keeping in shape and improving your posture.
Stress Levels: Stress can have a very negative effect on the spine. We become hunched and our muscles become tight. Learning to relax is important for not only posture, but also general wellbeing.
How The Right Chair Can Help
The comfort and quality of your office chair, or indeed any chair you sit in for long periods of time, can affect your health, productivity and posture. Choosing the right chair is important, but can often be quite confusing if you are not sure what you are looking for.
Here at Chair Hire, we offer a wide range of chairs that optimise your workspace and offer complete comfort. Take our black office chair with arms, for example. Featuring lumbar support, height adjuster, back tilt and adjustable arms, this chair can be easily configured to suit your perfect seating position.
Why not take a look at our range of office seating today? We offer fast delivery and ensure that all chairs that we deliver arrive in immaculate condition ready to be used straight away. Don’t risk your health when the ultimate in comfort is just a phone call or mouse click away!