Seated Ergonomics

Written by Josh Dodes
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In an age when most workers enjoyed a far greater range of physical motions during their workday, the field of seated ergonomics was a relatively inconsequential one. However, in an increasingly computer-based economy where more of us spend hours on end sitting in cubicles, the health with which we do so has become a pressing issue. If you feel even the slightest bit of tension in your shoulders, neck or back as you read this page, you owe it to yourself to read on.

While the idea seems at first blush to be almost laughable, sitting still is actually hard work. The cumulative effect of continuous low-level pressure on the same joints and bones hour after hour can be more detrimental than you might imagine. Across the course of years, if handled improperly, the effects of such a sedentary physical environment can be devastating.

The Key to Seated Ergonomics

The key to seated ergonomics is two fold: posture improvement and diversity of movement. Fortunately, if you know where to look, you can now gain integrated, expert advice on both subjects. Drawing on years of experience in body mechanics, some of the leading minds in exercise physiology have devised simple, affordable techniques and exercises that can have a dramatic long-term effect on your health.

While efforts to sanitize, streamline and simplify workplace environments have alleviated several of yesterday's health concerns, they have ironically given way to an entirely new set of problems. If you take steps to address these problems today, you can ensure yourself a tension- and pain-free future for years to come. So don't just sit there! You could be damaging yourself more than you think.


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