How to sit with less back tension and pain

Let’s face it. We’ve all heard the “dangers” of sitting, but for most of us, sitting is inevitable…at least during part of the day.

That being said, HOW you sit can make a big difference in how you feel.

In fact, if you’re sitting for long periods of time in a single static position, all the stretching in the world won’t save your posture – or your back, which is why a lot of people get back pain while sitting.

The good news is that you can do something about it and it doesn’t require throwing out your chair.

Below is a video that I made with some of my favorite tips on how to sit properly, so you can sit less back pain. That being said, this is just one option for sitting. The real key for reducing stiffness is to change positions often – and if you can get up out of your chair every once in a while (for more info on that, check out this post!)

How to sit with less back pain

Step 1: Sit at the front edge of your chair

Step 2: Check that your hips are higher than your knees.

If the chair is too low, place folded towels, blanks or a cushion on the chair seat to bring your hips up higher.

Step 3: Plant your feet flat on the floor with your legs slightly wider than hip width in a turned out position.

But also know that if your feet dangle or your cross your legs, it’s fine. The point isn’t to get trapped in one position. This particular set up just offers you a lot of support from the floor and may help support your lower back and neck.

Additional tips:

1. Get up and move around often. Taking a 5-15 minute break every hour to walk around or stretch can help improve focus and save your spine. Not to mention, you’ll get in a few extra steps. Cardio yo’ 😉

2. Keep a bottle of water at your desk and sip frequently. Hydration is important for cellular function and can help keep your tissues healthy, even if you are stuck at the desk. It may also combat that joint stiffness that kicks in while sitting.

3. Change position often. Even if it’s just for a couple minutes taking a short walk or a movement break can help!

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