No matter what you do for a living, the likelihood is that you spend a lot of time sitting down, whether in the car, on a plane or at the office. Learning to sit correctly in order to positively impact your physical and mental wellbeing is an important skill.
So, ask yourself the question: how can I minimise the damage caused to my body from excessive sitting? We’ve got a few tips to help you sit more healthily.
Very few people know how to adopt an efficient sitting posture. Efficient, in this context, means sitting healthily in order to prevent negative impacts on our body. You should stand up at least every half an hour to realign your body posture. Otherwise, we have a tendency to neglect our posture. Find out here how to sit correctly and realign your sitting posture with the help of our 4-point plan.
Sitting properly doesn’t mean sitting up stiff and straight at a screen without moving an inch. It’s the opposite, in fact. The reason why most of us struggled to sit still for long periods of time as a child is because the human body is not really designed for sitting. Long, monotonous periods spent sitting are detrimental to our body, fitness and mental wellbeing. It’s therefore high time to get more active and sit dynamically with small movement exercises to break up the imbalance. Give these alternative sitting positions a try to bring movement and dynamism to your monotonous sitting habits.
Stabilises the pelvis and lower back, Place your feet as wide apart as possible (or place the soles of the feet against each other) and allow your needs to fall outwards.
Improves external rotation and flexibility of the respective hip. Place your foot on the knee of your opposite leg, then regularly change sides.
Helps keep an upright posture. Sit on the edge of your office chair. Place one foot approx. half a metre in front of you on the floor. Place the back leg under the chair. Regularly change sides.
Admittedly, many people lack flexibility for the heel seat. You can make this dynamic sitting position easier by placing a pillow under your butt. This position is also purported to have a positive effect on digestion.
Improves flexibility of ankle joint and hip. You’ll need a chair with a fixed base for this sitting position. Place one foot on the chair as though you were going to do a deep, one-legged squat. The other foot stays flat on the ground. Touch the backrest with your glutes. Regularly change sides.