Looking after your back at work
Our backs are incredibly important to our overall body and not only supports our entire skeletal structure but also protects our spinal cord which is paramount to our central nervous system and all of the responses that our body makes. Over time we can find that our backs need a little extra care and this is definitely the case for those people who are sitting for long periods of time or those who work in manual jobs where the strength of their back is used every day.
Here are a couple of things that you can do to help look after your back during the work day.
Posture – check your posture throughout the day both whilst standing and sitting and try to distribute your weight evenly across both of your feet when standing with your hips in alignment. Whilst sitting you should sit up straight and have your shoulder neck and head in straight alignment as much as possible. You will also want to look at how you are sitting at your desk and purchase Next Day Delivery Desks that ensure you are sitting correctly and comfortably.
Move – try not to stay in one position for too long a period. This means standing up, stretching and regularly walking around if you sit at a desk for prolonged periods of the working day as well as moving around if you are standing, for example working behind a till in a shop. Where possible, when sitting at a desk you should try to get up and stretch at least every 30-45 minutes. This does not have to be a long break but simply to stand up and stretch your back muscles out.